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531 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 42 in Interior Health

B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on COVID-19, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
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March 10, 2021 - 3:41 PM

Health officials are reporting 531 new cases of COVID-19 today, 42 of which are in the Interior Health region, for a total of 85,650 cases in British Columbia.

There are 4,861 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, while 244 are hospitalized and 66 of whom are in intensive care.

There have been 51 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in B.C., for a total of 627 cases. Of the total cases, 109 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 580 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 33 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 14 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 355,340 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 86,960 of which are second doses, and more are on the way.

"We are now starting to receive supplies of the AstraZeneca - SII Covishield vaccine," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said today, March 10, in a joint press release.

"This additional vaccine supply will be used to supplement our age-based provincewide immunization program. In particular, we will use this vaccine to assist with outbreak response in communities and within high-risk industries. What is important for all of us to remember is that with every outbreak that is quickly managed and every worker who is immunized, all of us have increased protection."

Since Tuesday, B.C. has had 147 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 291 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 19 in the Island Health region, 42 in the Interior Health region, 32 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

There has been one new COVID-19 related death in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,394 deaths.

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