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471 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.; 56 in Interior Health

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix speaks and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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February 05, 2021 - 3:39 PM

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in B.C. every day with 471 positive tests recorded in the past 24 hours, 56 of those in the Interior Health region.

Along with the new cases today, Feb. 5, came six new deaths. That means 1,246 B.C. residents have died in the last year since COVID-19 hit the province.

Still, the number of new cases is an improvement from the 900 or so a day in November when the pandemic’s second wave hit its peak.

“There are some encouraging signs that the efforts of people throughout our province are working,” reads a joint statement issued today, Feb. 5, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

But those efforts have to continue as the province waits for more vaccines and studies the impact of variants on the COVID-19 virus.

That’s why restrictions on social interactions were extended today for the next few weeks.

READ MORE: UPDATE: B.C. COVID-19 rules on socializing and masks extended to end of the month

“Seeing one more friend or having one birthday party with those outside our household is all that it could take,” the minister and health officer said.

There are 4,423 active cases in B.C. with 253 people in hospital, 70 of whom are in intensive care.

Of the new cases, 208 were in the Fraser Health region, 108 in Vancouver Coastal, 28 on Vancouver Island and 71 in the Northern Health region.

The province has now administered 149,564 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 10,366 of which have been second doses.

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