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B.C. confirms 862 new cases of COVID-19, for total of 121,751

There are 8,906 active cases of COVID-19 in the province
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There are now 121,751 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 862 new cases Wednesday. Photo via Flickr / Government of BC

There are now 121,751 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in B.C. after health officials announced 862 new cases Wednesday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reports that there have been 200 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 557 in the Fraser Health region, 25 in the Island Health region, 54 in the Interior Health region, 26 in the Northern Health Region and no new cases people who reside outside of Canada.

There is no new update on the variants of concern.

There have been seven new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 1,546 deaths in British Columbia. 

"1,456,946 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 88,335 of which are second doses.," said Henry.

“For each person who gets vaccinated, we are all safer. When your turn comes up for one of the three vaccines, it is your turn to go. We strongly urge you to book your appointment as soon as you can. This is one of the important ways for you to do your part," added Henry.

There are 8,906 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 13,135 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases. A further 111,039 people who tested positive have recovered.

Of the active cases, 483 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 164 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

B.C. extends its 'stronger' provincewide restrictions in wake of surging COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials have extended the "stronger" provincewide restrictions in the wake of surging cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the province.

The provincial public health orders went into effect at midnight on March 30 and were set to remain in effect until April 19. However, these restrictions will be kept in place until further notice based on direction from the Public Health Officer (PHO).

Premier John Horgan announced during a live press conference on Monday, April 19 that the current public health order curbing indoor food and drink service at B.C. establishments, set to expire at 11:59 p.m. tonight, would now be in place a further five weeks, expiring after the Victoria Day holiday on May 24

Additionally, indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind will continue to be suspended. Currently, gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only (i.e. one-on-one personal training).

Indoor in-person religious gatherings and worship services of any size continue to be prohibited. However, outdoor services under the current variance may continue.