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740 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; hospitalizations remain high

FILE PHOTO - Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are pictured in this file photo.
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April 30, 2021 - 4:27 PM

The 740 new COVID-19 cases recorded in B.C. in the last 24 hours is the lowest daily count since March 24 when 716 cases were recorded. But the number of people in hospital and intensive care remains near record levels.

Of the new cases, 92 were in the Interior Health region, which is one of the higher daily counts in recent weeks.

"This weekend, remember to follow the non-essential travel restrictions as we all continue to do our part to keep our loved ones and communities safe," states a joint statement issued today, April 30, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The travel restrictions are to prevent non-essential travel between the Lower Mainland and the Interior and road checks will be set up, mostly in the Hope area, to make sure people obey them.

READ MORE: UPDATE: All you need is driver with good excuse to travel between B.C. Interior and Lower Mainland

There are 7,886 active cases of COVID in the province with 511 people in hospital, of which 174 are in intensive care. While the active case count is down from a peak of more than 10,000 in the middle of April, hospitalizations are near the record of 515 two days ago.

Of the new cases, 431 were in the Fraser Health region, 163 in the Vancouver Coastal region, 32 in Vancouver Island Health region and 22 in the Northern Health region.

There were four more deaths in B.C., bringing the provincial total to 1,581.

Almost 1.8 million doses of vaccines have been administered, meaning almost 40 per cent of eligible B.C. residents have received at least one dose.

All residents are urged to register on the Get Vaccinated website here or by calling 1 833 838-2323.

"This applies to all immunization streams, including the pharmacy stream,” the release says. “If you have received your first dose through a pharmacy, you should still register through the Get Vaccinated site to ensure you are notified when it's time to book your second dose.”

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