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BREAKING: Five more deaths as COVID-19 cases exceeds 1,000 in B.C.

Dr. Bonnie Henry speaking at a press conference today, March 31.
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March 31, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Five more people have died of COVID-19 related illnesses as the number of cases in B.C. hit 1,013.

In the last 24 hours there have been 43 new COVID-19 cases in the province, 13 of those within Interior Health's region. There are now 107 COVID-19 cases in Interior Health's region.

So far, 24 people have died of COVID-19 related illnesses.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the statistics at the regular daily press conference today, March 31.

Henry also addressed that an outbreak of COVID-19 had taken place Bylands Nurseries and Garden Centre in West Kelowna and numerous temporary foreign workers staying at the property had the virus. The nursery is now closed.

There are now 19 long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks, although Henry said some of these care home had only seen one staff member diagnosed with COVID-19.

Of the 128 currently hospitalized because of COVID-19, 61 of those are in intensive care. There are 507 who have fully recovered from the virus.

Henry reiterated her daily message of social distancing saying the province was currently at a "critical junction."

"No-one is immune to this illness," she said.

The vast majority of COVID-19 cases, over 800, are located in the Lower Mainland.


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