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420 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 58 in Interior Health

FILE PHOTO - B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks to reporters during a COVID-19 update, May 10, 2021, as provincial health minister Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on.
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May 21, 2021 - 3:42 PM

Heading into the Victoria Day long weekend, COVID-19 is still hitting B.C. and the Interior Health region hard.

There were 58 new cases in the Interior Health region in the last 24 hours and 420 in B.C. as a whole, according to a joint statement issued today, May 21, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

"We need to keep pushing COVID-19 down to be able to safely turn the dial on the current restrictions,” Dix and Dr. Henry said in the statement. “On Tuesday, the details of the Restart Plan will be shared with everyone. At that point, you'll be able to start to plan for what that means for you, your family and your business. There are no changes for individuals or businesses until that time.

"We'll be taking a gradual approach to our restart, monitoring our progress as we go to ensure cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations don't start to creep up."

Of the new cases, 240 were in the Fraser Health region, 84 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, seven in Vancouver Island Health region and 31 in the Northern Health region.

There were six more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,667.

There are 4,507 active cases in B.C. with 319 people in hospital, 107 of whom are in intensive care.

More than 2.7 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the province.

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