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Number of new COVID-19 cases in B.C. takes another big jump to 908

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.
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March 26, 2021 - 3:54 PM

The daily case count of new COVID-19 cases continues to grow in B.C.

The count reached 908 in the last 24 hours, up from 800 yesterday, March 25, and 716 the day before.

In the Interior Health region, the case count dropped to 43 from 50 the day before.

“We are facing a sustained increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks, including increasing cases caused by variants of concern,” reads a joint statement issued today, by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. “This is particularly concerning in the Lower Mainland areas.”

Of the new cases almost half, 438, were in the Fraser Health region. There were 294 in Vancouver Coastal, 55 on Vancouver Island and 78 in the Northern Health region.

"We have been able to slowly turn the dial on some restrictions,” the statement says. “However, we all need to remember while some activities are safe for us to do, others simply are not. We can be outside with the same small group of people, but gathering inside is high risk for all of us. Seeing different friends on different days — even if we are outside — is unsafe. So is gathering in our homes where the layers of protection, like physical barriers and masks, are not used.”

There were three more deaths, bringing the provincial total to 1,449.

There are 6,245 active cases in B.C. with 294 people in hospital, 81 of whom are in intensive care.

Another 140 cases were identified to be variants of concern, bringing that total to 1,912, of which 258 are active.

That includes 1,666 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 199 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

"Equally important is staying informed about what has been an ever-changing pandemic,” the statement continues. “There is myriad misinformation, especially on social media, that fuels our apprehension and anxiety. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution or go to a credible, reliable information source, like the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, for the latest updates.”

Almost 638,000 doses of vaccines have been administered.

People 74 and older, along with Indigenous people over 5, can book vaccination appointments by calling 1-877-740-7747.

On Monday, people who have received letters saying they are clinically extremely vulnerable can also book appointments.

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