British Columbia Sets New Daily COVID-19 Case Record With 1,293 Infections

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Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix talk about Phase 2 in B.C.’s COVID-19 immunization plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

British Columbia is reporting 1,293 new COVID-19 cases, smashing previous daily records of infection.

The new cases are part of a surging third wave and bring the total cases recorded in the province to 108,278 since the pandemic began.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says two more people have died and the death toll is now 1,493.

There are 9,184 active cases, including 336 people in hospital, 101 of whom are in critical care.

 

The vaccine rollout has seen 995,001 doses delivered across British Columbia and people 65 and over are now eligible to get an appointment for their shot.

Henry says the province is shifting its screening strategy for variants of concern, but the methods for preventing transmission, such as handwashing and physical distancing, remain the same.

She also issued a new order allowing WorkSafeBC to issue temporary closure notices to workplaces where three or more workers are sick and transmission has been proven to have occurred in the work site.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

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