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B.C.’s COVID-19 new case count jumps to 800 with 50 in Interior Health

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
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March 25, 2021 - 3:43 PM

B.C. recorded its highest single day total for new COVID-19 cases since Dec. 2 with 800 over the last 24 hours.

Fifty of those were in the Interior Health region, according to a joint statement issued today, March 25, by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

The high case counts comes despite the fact that more than 610,000 doses of vaccines have been administered to B.C. residents.

"While this is encouraging news, in parallel we have also seen a notable spike in the number of new cases, especially amongst those 19 to 39 years of age,” the statement reads. “This tells us some people are taking on more risk for themselves and their loved ones than what is safe right now.

“We remind everyone that although some outside activities are allowed, we must keep going with our protective layers. Until everyone has been protected with immunization, our protective layers must be the first and last thing we think about — whether at home, work, school or elsewhere."

Of the new cases, 381 were in the Fraser Health region, 264 in Vancouver Coastal, 45 on Vancouver Island and 58 in the Northern Health region.

Another 191 cases of variants of concern were discovered. There’s about a day’s delay from when a positive COVID case is recorded and a variant is detected.

There has been a total of 1,772 cases of variants in B.C., with 1,549 being the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 with the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 176 of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

Of those, 215 are active.

There were five more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,446.

There are 5,856 active cases in B.C. with 306 people in hospital, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

People aged 75 and older can now book vaccination appointments by calling 1-877-740-7747.

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