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BC smashes COVID record with 941 new cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:22 PST, Tue November 24, 2020

Provincial health authorities announced 941 new cases of COVID-19 in BC today.

This number exceeds the previous single-day record by almost 200 cases. There have been 28,348 cases of the virus in BC to date.

Of the new cases, the vast majority (678) are in the Fraser Health region, with an additional 174 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond). There were also 11 new cases in the Island Health region, 49 in the Interior Health region and 29 in the Northern Health region.

Active cases continue to rise, with 7,732 reported today. There are 284 people in hospital, 61 of whom are in critical care. An additional 10 people sadly lost their lives due to COVID-19.

There are 10,283 people being monitored by public health, only a slight increase from yesterday’s number. There have also been two new healthcare outbreaks and one was declared over, leaving 61 active outbreaks in the healthcare sector.

"We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province and that needs to happen now. That is why we have paused all gatherings, events and indoor group fitness activities,” said health authorities in a statement.

"That is also why everyone, young and old, needs to pause their social interactions and increase their layers of protection and stay within their local communities as much as possible. We need to ease the pressure to allow us to get over this next hurdle, and importantly, give us the ability to once again enjoy those things that are important to all of us.”

For a list of community exposure events, click here.

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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