British Columbia adds 204 cases in largest single-day increase since June 5 – .

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VANCOUVER – The surge in COVID-19 cases in the interior of British Columbia that has resulted in new restrictions for Kelowna and surrounding communities continued on Thursday, with health officials announcing 204 new infections in the province , including 107 in the interior health region.

Other parts of British Columbia recorded fewer new cases on Thursday, with 58 in Fraser Health, 23 in Vancouver Coastal Health, 14 in Island Health and two in Northern Health.

The 204 cases added Thursday represent the biggest single-day jump since June 5, when British Columbia added 217 new infections to its total.

The latest figures bring the province’s seven-day moving average for new cases to 131, the highest since June 13.

There are currently 1,055 active cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia, including 51 people in hospital, including 20 in intensive care.

The last time British Columbia’s active workload exceeded 1,000 was over a month ago, on June 26.

There have been no new deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Since the start of the pandemic, British Columbia has recorded 149,648 cases of illness and 1,771 deaths in total.

Although the number of cases has increased across the province in recent days, Interior Health has recorded the bulk of the new infections. As of Thursday, 600 of the province’s active cases were located inside.

In the aftermath of the outbreak, authorities said on Wednesday they were reintroducing a mask warrant for indoor public spaces in the central Okanagan region. They have also declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in that region, which includes the city of Kelowna and several surrounding communities.

The local business community opposes the province’s handling of the new rules, saying that while they support efforts to reduce the number of cases, they have not been given sufficient notice of new arrivals. restrictions.

Health officials blamed the rise in indoor cases on declining vaccination rates, saying most of those testing positive in the Kelowna area are young people who have only received one. first dose of vaccine or who are completely unvaccinated.

Province-wide, British Columbia has now administered the first injections of COVID-19 vaccines to 81% of people aged 12 and over, and 64.1% of that age group have also received an second injection.

British Columbia does not report cases by vaccination status daily, but authorities announced earlier this week that less than five percent of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the province between June 15 and July 15 had received both doses of vaccine.

The vast majority – 78% – of infections during this time were in people who had not received a first or second dose.

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