Coronavirus: B.C. records 277 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 more deaths over the weekend

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There are 136 people in hospital with the disease, 42 of whom are in intensive care.

On Monday, B.C. health officials announced 277 new cases of COVID-19 and four more deaths over the last three days, hours after they held a press conference to tell British Columbians the province is on track for the second step of its reopening plan.

That’s an average of 92 new cases a day confirmed this weekend, marking a continued and significant downward trend in B.C.’s caseload. A total of 68 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours — the lowest one-day total since Sept. 26.

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said there are currently 1,537 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C., the smallest active caseload since Oct. 16.

“Today, the details of Step 2 in our B.C.’s Restart plan were provided. As Premier John Horgan shared, we are moving slowly and cautiously, closely watching community transmission and our rates of immunization to ensure we have the confidence to safely increase our social connections,” Henry and Dix said.

A total of 136 people are now in hospital, including 42 in intensive care.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are down by nearly 32 per cent from last Monday, when 199 people were in hospital with the disease.

The number of patients in intensive care is down by about 33 per cent from 63 a week ago

The provincial death toll from the disease is now 1,734 lives lost out of 146,453 confirmed cases.

So far, 4,048,346 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including 613,453 second doses. The percentage of adults who’ve received their first shot now stands at 75.9 per cent, while 74.1 per cent of those over the age of 12 have gotten the jab.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Richmond Hospital, Richmond Lions Manor Bridgeport and the Iqra Islamic school in Surrey.

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