B.C has recorded a further 512 infections, 8 related fatalities, health authorities said Wednesday.
So far, B.C has over 140596 cases and 1658 fatalities since the pandemic started.
Through a joint briefing, B.C’s Health Minister Adrian Dix and the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry passed a message of condolence to friends and family of those who succumbed to the virus.
The daily average is still high, although it has declined somewhat since it last reached a high of 1130, on the 12th of April.
Over the past week, B.C has registered 482 cases on average each day. The province’s active cases have also declined to just under 4815, close to half of the 10081 registered on the 16th of April.
Hospitalization rates have also dropped. Presently, there are about 340 people under treatment, 20 people fewer than the 360 identified on Tuesday. Of these, 118 are under intensive care.
In the meantime, health officials have intensified immunization. About 56971 persons have been vaccinated since the last briefing, bringing the total to 2624907 people who have received either Pfizer AstraZeneca and Modern doses.
This includes 2488661 people who have received the first dose, representing 48 percent of the population in B.C. about 135246 have received a second jab.
Last Wednesday, Minister Dix said those aged between and 12 and 17 years can now be immunized and should go forward and register for a shot.
Further details on B.C’s immunization program for the youth will be communicated Thursday, 2 pm.