That’s an average of 89 new cases per day over the weekend, with the seven-day moving average increasing 154% in three weeks. In a written statement, the provincial government said there are currently 695 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in British Columbia, up 100 in the past three days.
A total of 43 people are hospitalized for the disease, the lowest number of hospitalizations since September 10. Seventeen people are in intensive care, up from 12 a week ago.
Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind peaks and declines in new cases, are down 12% from last Monday, when 49 people were hospitalized for the disease.
The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,768 lives lost out of 149,109 cases confirmed to date.
So far, 6,584,264 vaccine doses have been administered, of which 2,783,587 are second doses.
Increase in cases
As COVID-19 cases slowly increase in British Columbia, health officials and modeling experts say the majority of these cases are in unvaccinated people, and the increase was predicted as the province relaxed restrictions on travel and social gatherings.
Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Friday that 78% of new cases recorded between June 15 and July 15 were in unvaccinated people.
CBC News spoke to unvaccinated Canadians to find out more about the reluctance that has gripped some pockets of the country.
Many refractories say they are concerned about safety and side effects. Others say they are not happy with the products currently on offer.
There are also practical considerations.
A number of unvaccinated people have a needle phobia which can make injecting a frightening experience. Some people have severe allergies to the components of the vaccine. Some rural Canadians have had access problems.
Among the biggest unknowns for the future of the pandemic remains the highly transmissible delta variant that is currently circulating in Canada – although a recent study showed that two doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca-Oxford are almost as effective against the delta variant coronavirus as they are against the previously dominant alpha variant.
Mink farm hatch
According to the Department of Agriculture, two mink tested positive for COVID-19 at a quarantined farm after testing positive for mink in May 2021.
Five other mink from the same farm initially tested positive. The final test results are still pending.
As a result, the ministry says it is issuing a provincial health order to all mink farm operators in the province, which places a moratorium on all new mink farms in B.C. and caps existing mink farms on their own. current number.
Three British Columbia mink farms have tested positive for the virus since December 2020 and all three remain in quarantine
British Columbians aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized can register in three ways: