Number of new COVID-19 cases in BC surges to 716

Brazil becomes second country to pass 300000 COVID deaths

In a written statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 716 new cases of COVID-19, including two epi-linked cases, as well as three more deaths.

The latest deaths bring the total toll of the pandemic in B.C.to 1,441.

Of those, 5,573 are still considered active, with 303 people in hospital.

Today's coronavirus figures from the Brazilian health ministry add another 2,009 deaths to the country's tally, which local media say is an undercount.

So far, 582,634 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with 87,180 of those being second doses.

Outdoor dining now allowed in Toronto and Peel
Previously, indoor seating limits had been restricted to 10 patrons across the board, which angered many restaurant operators. This brings the total to 915,653 doses since the campaign began, representing about 10.8 per cent of the population.

On Tuesday, the province announced it would offer priority access to vaccines for people with severe medical conditions, including transplant recipients and people with various forms of cancer, respiratory and blood illnesses.

A total of 86,857 people who tested positive for the virus have recovered, while 1,441 people in B.C. have lost their lives due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. This includes 1,397 cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, 44 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 140 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.

Currently, there are 187 active COVID-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago; 12 patients are hospitalised with one person in an Intensive Care Unit at the Couva Hospital and Multi-Training Facility.

Shots are available across B.C. for people aged 76 or older, and Indigenous people over the age of 55. Those attending in a vehicle must remain inside the vehicle during the service.

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