B.C. had 112 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths, in past 24 hours

112 new cases, four deaths

New daily cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in B.C., with 112 new cases announced Friday – the first time the province has seen more than 100 new cases in more than a month.

Of these cases, 59 were identified in the Interior, making up more than half of the province's new cases. About 15 per cent of B.C.'s population lives in the Interior.

The new cases bring the total positive tests in the province to 148,842, but there remains 603 active cases. While active cases have been rising in recent days, they dropped by 178 since Thursday.

In its release, the province says the active case number is being “reconciled by removing 239 historic cases.”

“This reflects B.C. residents who tested positive for COVID-19, but did not fall under the case and contact followup program in their home health authorities,” the province said. “Examples include cases who tested positive while staying out of province, or who were under the federal quarantine program."

COVID-19 hospitalizations also dropped, by five, and there are now 46 people in the province hospitalized with the virus, including 17 in intensive care.

While no new COVID-19 deaths had been reported since Monday, the province reported four new deaths Friday, bringing the total to 1,767.

Another 60,876 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 80.3 per cent, or 3,723,154 eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose, while 58.1 per cent, or 2,692,024 people, have received their second dose.

Those who haven't registered to get a vaccine yet can do so here.

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