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B.C. toddler dies of COVID-19 as cases hit 2,960 over weekend

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is seen in this file photo.
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April 19, 2021 - 3:04 PM

As the COVID-19 case count remains high in B.C., it was the death of a child under the age of two that had an emotional impact on provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry this afternoon.

The child had other ailments but it was COVID-19 that caused the death, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today, April 19, at a news conference in Victoria.

“This is the youngest person in our province who has died of COVID-19 and reminds us of the vicious nature of this virus,” she said.

The child was one of eight people who died from COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the provincial total of 1,538.

There were 1,027 new COVID-19 cases from Friday to Saturday, 933 from Saturday to Sunday and 1,000 in the last 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 211 in the Interior Health region, 1,845 were in the Fraser Health region, 696 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 108 in the Vancouver Island Health region and 100 in the Northern Health region.

There have now been 120,040 B.C. residents infected with COVID-19.

There are now 9,353 active cases with 441 people currently in hospital, with 238 in intensive care. Another 14,711 people are being actively monitored.

People down to the age of 40 can now start booking AstraZeneca vaccinations.

For information on when and where to register for vaccines, go here.

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