BC cases continue to drop as province prepares to unveil its restart plan –

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BC cases continue to drop as province prepares to unveil its restart plan – fr


VANCOUVER – The number of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia continued to decline over the weekend as officials prepared to unveil the province’s restart plan.

Fewer than 1,000 new infections have been identified since the Victoria Day long weekend began, provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry and British Columbia’s health minister said Monday. , Adrian Dix, in a joint written statement.

There have been 356 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 325 from Saturday to Sunday and 293 from Sunday to Monday.

The last time British Columbia announced less than 300 cases in a single day was February 1.

The province’s moving weekly average fell to 383 infections per day, the lowest since November 5. Active cases also fell to 3,953, from 4,507 on Friday. The last time BC’s active case count fell below 4,000 was on February 8.

On Tuesday, health officials will join BC Premier John Horgan and Employment Minister Ravi Kahlon in announcing the government’s next steps to fight the pandemic.

This will include the end of the so-called “circuit breaker” which was put in place in March amid an alarming increase in cases.

Officials said some COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted or relaxed, although Henry and Dix stressed that all existing rules remain in effect throughout Victoria Day.

“On this holiday Monday, we are grateful for the determination and determination that British Columbians have shown. Their will to end this pandemic has been immeasurable, ”they said in their statement.

“As we look to tomorrow and announce the restart plan, we encourage everyone to stay the course today. Until tomorrow’s announcement, there are no changes for individuals or businesses. “

There was even more good news in hospitalizations. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital fell to 292 on Monday, a decrease from 27. That includes 96 intensive care patients.

But despite the progress seen over the past month, the number of cases in British Columbia remains high. The seven-day average is still roughly where it was just before the start of the record third wave of the pandemic in the province.

Twelve more people also died of the disease over the weekend, bringing the death toll in the province to 1,679.

“Our condolences go out to the family, friends and caregivers of those who have died from COVID-19,” said Henry and Dix.

There is new hope, however, to limit the severity of the disease and the rate of transmission through British Columbia’s immunization program. Officials said an additional 141,468 doses had been given since Friday, which works out to an average of 47,156 per day.

The province has now distributed 2,885,488 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines, including enough first doses to cover just over 53% of the population of British Columbia.

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