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849 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.; 67 in Interior Health

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix provides a COVID-19 update as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry looks on, Dec. 17, 2020.
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April 20, 2021 - 4:25 PM

B.C. health officials announced 849 new cases of COVID-19 today, 67 of which were within Interior Health.

That raises the total to 120,889 cases in B.C., with 9,145 being active. There are currently 6,179 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in B.C. Of the total cases, 163 are active and the remaining people have recovered. This includes 4,041 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 76 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 2,062 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

Hospitalizations have reached 456, with 148 people in intensive care, and one additional death.

"At the current rates of transmission, our health-care workers and hospitals are getting pushed to the limits to support the many people with COVID-19 who require care," provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, April 20.

"We are taking steps to reduce this pressure and we need everyone in B.C. to do the same. Later this week, new orders will be in place to restrict vacation and recreational travel outside of your home health authority. We also need everyone else to do their part - staying local, in our communities and health regions, and waiting until it is safe to travel once again."

In B.C., 1,414,644 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 88,263 of which are second doses.

People 35 years and older are now eligible to register for a vaccine in the age-based program on the Get Vaccinated website. In addition to the age-based and worker programs, people aged 40 and up are also now eligible to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at their local pharmacy or through special clinics in 13 high-risk communities.

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