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More than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. breaks daily record

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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March 31, 2021 - 5:04 PM

For the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. has recorded more than 1,000 daily cases, hitting 1,013 in the last 24 hours, pushing the provincial total to 100,048.

The previous high was 936 recorded on March 27.

The Interior Health region accounted for 64 of the new cases, according to a joint statement issued today, March 31, by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues, and we will continue to face hurdles in our pandemic response,” the statement says. “Right now, no one should be travelling for leisure or vacation outside of your local communities or regions. The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year.”

Of the new cases, 458 were in the Fraser Health region, 385 in Vancouver Coastal, 47 on Vancouver Island and 60 in the Northern Health region.

There were three more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,458.

There are 7,405 active cases in B.C. with 301 people in hospital, 80 of whom are in intensive care.

A delay in data means there was no number of new variant of concern cases in the statement.

More than 756,000 vaccines have been administered.

Residents of the Interior Health region who are 73 and older, 18 and older if they are Indigenous and those who have received letters saying they are clinically extremely vulnerable can book appointments by calling 1-877-740-7747 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“Tomorrow, as we go into the Easter weekend, expanded visitation in all long-term care facilities throughout the province will get underway,” the statement says. “If you are planning to visit your family member or friend, please remember that COVID-19 safety plans must continue to be followed, including wearing masks and staying away if you feel unwell.”

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