British Columbia registers 717 new cases, marking 3 consecutive days with more than 500 new infections – .

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VANCOUVER – British Columbia has recorded 717 more cases of COVID-19, marking the third day in a row surpassing 500 new infections and the highest number of daily cases since early May.

The update came in a written statement from the Department of Health, which did not announce any additional deaths from the coronavirus.

The latest cases, including 11 epidemiologically linked, brought the number of active cases to 4,277. Among the active cases, 82 people are hospitalized and 39 in intensive care, which represents a slight increase compared to Thursday.

The latest infections brought BC’s seven-day moving average to 463, the highest since May 19. The last time the province surpassed 700 cases in one day was on May 7, when 722 positive tests were recorded.

The province has seen an increase in the number of cases in recent weeks, prompting authorities to announce new measures such as the vaccination requirement for all workers in long-term care homes. These measures are aimed at curbing epidemics in long-term care homes. As of Friday, there were 11 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities or assisted living facilities.

Of Friday’s cases, more than half (376) were in the Interior Health Region, which has faced an increase in recent weeks. Another 140 were at Fraser Health, while 101 were registered at Vancouver Coastal Health. Sixty have been counted at Northern Health, which had recorded just 13 cases as of Thursday. The remaining 40 positive tests were recorded in the PEI health region.

Although data was not provided on Friday’s rates, health officials previously said about 95% of recent new infections were in people who had not been vaccinated.

As of Friday, 82.4% of eligible residents of British Columbia had received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Seventy-two percent are fully immunized.

Since December, 7,164,020 doses of vaccine have been administered in the province.

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