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B.C. records 908 new COVID-19 infections today

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:50 PDT, Fri March 26, 2021

B.C. health authorities reported 908 new cases today, one of the highest numbers in a single day since the pandemic began. The province’s cumulative case total has reached 95,677.

Of the new cases, 294 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 438 in the Fraser Health region, 55 in the Island Health region, 43 in the Interior Health region and 78 in the Northern Health region.

There are 6,245 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C. and 294 people are hospitalized, 81 of whom are in intensive care. A further 9,996 people are under active public health monitoring.

Health authorities reported 140 new confirmed cases that are variants of concern, bringing B.C.’s total to 1,912 cases. Of those, 258 cases are currently active. Of the total cases, 1,666 are the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 47 are the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 199 are the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

To date, 637,856 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,233 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, there were three new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,449.

Health officials said B.C. is facing a sustained increase in clusters of new cases and outbreaks, including increased cases caused by variants of concern—particularly in the Lower Mainland. 

“We all need to remember while some activities are safe for us to do, others simply are not,” they said. “We can be outside with the same small group of people, but gathering inside is high risk for all of us. We can soon see our Elders and seniors in care, but we must follow the safety protocols that remain in place.

"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.”

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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