B.C. Registers 550 New Infections, 2 Fatalities

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B.C. has reported 550 new infections and 2 fatalities, according to health officials. Overall, the B.C has 85119 infections, with 1393 death since this pandemic started. In a statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and Health Minister Adrian Dix, stated that it had been 12 months since the pandemic officially hit B.C.

B.C has also registered 182 more cases of concerning variants with a total currently at 576. Most of the variant cases, 530 in all, are related to the B117, the strain first identified in the U.K. Officials also registered 33 other cases of the variant B1351 first registered in South Africa and 13 more of the Brazilian strain.

Tuesday’s figures escalated B.C’s 7-day average to 536, which is the highest ever recorded since January 13th. Active caseloads currently stand at 4869, with 249 hospitalizations, of which 68 are in intensive care.

The province has immunized 10054 persons since Monday’s briefing, placing the total at 343381, which includes 86938 persons who have received a second dose.

This past Monday, B.C rolled out its phone lines allowing people to book their immunization appointments. However, they have registered varying success in a variety of regions. They have recorded 8722 bookings in Fraser Health, which also has an online option. About 369 have booked in Vancouver’s Coastal health.

Day 2 saw even more success, with thousands more making appointments on Tuesday in Vancouver Coastal.

About 1 million callers accessed the phones in the first hours of opening, even though only 47000 persons in the province are eligible for an appointment.

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