Canada marks one year since first COVID-19 case

Premier John Horgan makes an announcement regarding the province's immunization plan on Jan. 22, 2021. || B.C. government photo
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One year ago today Canada recorded its first presumptive case of COVID-19. B.C.’s first lab-confirmed case was announced later that week and within six weeks COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

“Over the past year, British Columbians, like people around the world, have faced challenges, hardships and loss. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down,” said Premier John Horgan.

Over 1,100 British Columbians have died from the virus in the last year, out of 63,484 cases — 56,455 people have recovered. Island Health has recorded 17 deaths and just under 1,400 cases to date. 

The province recently announced its plan to distribute 7.4 million doses of vaccine between April and the end of September. The provincial health authority has vaccinated 110,566 people since December. 

“While the end of the pandemic is in sight, thanks to the availability of vaccines, the threat is not over. We must remain vigilant,” Horgan said. 

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