BC announces 407 new coronavirus cases, 54 in IH region

407 new cases, 14 deaths

The provincial government has announced 407 new coronavirus cases, including 54 in the Interior Health region.

The new cases bring B.C.’s total to 65,234, although the vast majority have already recovered. There are 4,260 active cases in the province, with 313 people hospitalized, 71 of whom are in intensive care.

There were 14 new deaths reported Tuesday, bringing B.C.’s death toll to 1,168 since the pandemic started.

To date, 122,359 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 4,105 of which are second doses.

“The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 is much higher than we want it to be. We are asking for everyone’s help to bend our curve back down. This is especially critical with the presence of variant viruses in our province,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry in a news release.

“With each new case, we have the opportunity to stop the virus in its tracks, break the chains of transmission and bring our numbers down. Each of us has the ability to do that.”

“Our greatest source of transmission comes from when we spend time with those outside of our household, work or school bubble. That is why staying small and equally important, avoiding all unnecessary travel, is what we need to do right now,” the statement continued.

“For the many who have been doing your part, you may be asking, ‘What more can I do?’ Be the voice of support and encouragement for those who may be wavering in their resolve.

“For the few who have chosen to put aside the public health precautions we all need to follow and make exceptions for themselves, now is your time to join or rejoin us in our efforts. It is never too late to be a part of the team who is making a difference every day across our province.”

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