B.C. records over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time

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B.C. recorded 1,013 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths over the last 24 hours. There are now 7,405 active cases, including 301 people hospitalized with the virus, 80 of them in critical care.

Island Health reported 57 more cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 364. Of those, 156 are in the central island region, 181 are in the south island and 27 are in the north. 

The province has administered 756,080 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines, including 87,351 second doses, according to a joint statement by Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

Seniors aged 73 and up and Indigenous people over 55 can book their vaccine appointments. Island Health’s website says information for people aged 70-72 is coming soon. The province said in a couple of weeks people over 65 will be able to book an appointment. 

“Front-line workers who were to receive AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD remain a priority. Right now, we are waiting on Health Canada’s recommendations to determine what adjustments we may need to make to this immunization stream as a result of the safety signal for those under 55,” the statement reads.

There was a delay in the sequencing analysis for variants of concern (VOC), so new numbers are not available today, the province said.

Across B.C., 665 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 91,066. There are 11,468 people under active public health monitoring as a result of exposure to the virus.

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