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BREAKING: B.C. reports six more COVID-19 fatalities

Chief provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks at a press conference April 2, 2020.
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April 02, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Six more people have died as a result of COVID-19 in B.C within the last 24 hours as the global number of cases surpasses the one million mark.

The six fatalities take the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 31.

A positive case of COVID-19 was reported at the Okanagan Correctional Centre, the first inmate and case in a prison in B.C. 

"This is something we have been concerned about and planning for," chief provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told a press conference today, April 2.

Henry said measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the prison system.

There are 55 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. taking the total number of 1,121.

"It is growing, although thankfully by a small amount," Henry said. "It's a challenging time for us and we need to be incredibly careful."

She said 641 people have fully recovered from COVID-19. Currently, there are 149 people hospitalized in B.C. with COVID-19, 68 of which are in intensive care.

Henry reiterated her daily message of social distancing and encouraged people not to travel. Henry said people living in smaller communities are concerned about people travelling to holiday cottages and fishing lodges and inadvertently spreading the virus to places least equipped to deal with it. 

"This is not the time to travel," she said. "Only go out for essential services."

"We must do what we can do to protect our families and our communities."

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