Coronavirus Canada updates: British Columbia reports first death this week

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After going six straight days without a new fatality, B.C. health officials reported a recent victim in the Vancouver Coastal health region.

It increases the province’s death toll to 168.

In its latest 24-hour stretch, B.C. health officials also identified 16 new cases of COVID-19, increasing its total to 2,709.

Of those cases only 187 are active, since 2,354 people have recovered from the respiratory virus, an increase of 10 since Thursday.

Among those currently infected patients, 12 are in hospital (down by one), which includes three in intensive care (down by one).

No new community of health-care COVID-19 outbreaks were identified in the past 24 hours in B.C.

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