Health officials in B.C say the province has recorded an additional 698 infections and a fatality relating to the COVID-19 virus Wednesday, a few hours after authorities effected a province-wide mask mandate.
The latest update places the province’s 7-day average at 629 infections each day, and this is the highest B.C has seen since the 10th of May.
Close to 67 percent of the cases were reported in the Fraser and Interior Health zones, against 18 percent in the Vancouver Coastal Health zone. The other 16 percent was recorded in the north and Island health zones.
About 702 recoveries have been reported, which placed the province’s active case load at 5356. Hospitalization rate has gone up by 139 persons, while those in intensive case declines by 3, to a total of 75 persons.
The health ministry also reported 2 outbreaks at the Spring Valley Care Center, Kelowna, and the Fahrini in Vancouver.
Other than the renewed mask mandate, health officials said that proof of immunization will becomes a requirement soon for those looking to access movie live sporting events and movie theaters.
This decision has driven more people to get immunized. Health officials said 19084 signed up for immunization on Monday and Tuesday.
The immunization passport guideline is scheduled to start on the 13th of September, and will be in effect till the end of January, next year.