Latest case update of the week from health officials –

Latest case update of the week from health officials – fr

VANCOUVER – British Columbia has recorded 317 more cases of COVID-19 and two related deaths, health officials said in their last update of the week on Friday.

The province has now identified 143,581 infections in total and has suffered 1,692 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

As the first weekend dawns since the government relaxed several COVID-19 rules and restrictions, provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Minister of Health Adrian Ten, urged residents to do their part to keep transmission low.

“The virus is always spreading with new cases and clusters, which is why it is so important to use our protective layers and get vaccinated – especially in this time of transition,” they said in a statement. joint writing.

“We are moving to a different and better place for all of us, so let’s continue to do our part to get there as soon as possible. “

Cases have been declining steadily since they hit a weekly average of 1,130 per day at the height of the province’s record third wave of the pandemic in April. Friday’s update left the average at 330 cases per day, the lowest since November 6.

This progress was made as British Columbia was under strict restrictions, including a ban on socializing indoors in groups of any size. As of Tuesday, residents are now allowed to host up to five guests in their homes and meet friends at restaurants in groups of six or fewer.

Health officials have also set an estimated timeline for lifting several other restrictions that will allow a return to “more normal life” in the weeks and months to come, but only if transmission rates decline and vaccination rates are increasing.

“We have a roadmap and now we need to stay on track: do what we can to further slow the spread of COVID-19 and break the chains of transmission in our communities,” said Henry and Dix.

The government will also monitor hospitalizations, which have declined in recent weeks but at a slower and less sustained pace.

The number of people battling COVID-19 in hospital edged up to 292 on Friday, with 79 patients in intensive care.

British Columbia has now administered 2,945,384 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, with enough initial doses to cover over 65% of the adult population. Only 160,885 injections were second doses.

This week, the government also announced that it was reducing the intervals between doses to eight weeks. It used to increase the intervals to 16 weeks to provide the protection that comes with a single dose to as many people as possible.

Of all the COVID-19 cases identified in British Columbia so far, some 138,360 – or 96% – have recovered.


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