B.C Registers 997 New Infections, ICU Admissions Sore

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On Wednesday, B.C reported a further 997 infections even as patient admission at the ICU continues to rise.

At a recent press briefing, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, provincial health officer and Health Minister, respectively, said 330 more persons were admitted to the hospital, with 105 currently under intensive care. Health authorities have been issuing warnings about the spread of the variants of concern. They said some are easy to contract and led to severe illness in all age groups.

Health authorities did not issue statistics on variants of concern. However, they noted that 266 of the total confirmed cases are still active.

The U.K variant constitutes the most significant proportion of all confirmed variants, with the Brazilian variant accounting for 23 percent. The remaining cases are linked to the south African variant.

As the variants circulate, contributing to the province’s third wave, health authorities emphasized the need to follow all health protocols and guidelines.

Contact tracing has shown that rule-breaking has contributed to the increased rate of infections.

Since the pandemic started, B.C has registered a total of 106985 cases. The most recent wave of infections has pushed up the overall caseload to 8728. Another two fatalities have been reported, placing total fatalities at1491.

In the meantime, the government has been running its immunization program at a high rate. Health officials have administered an additional 34040 doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna vaccines so far, which places overall immunization at 946096. This includes 858592 phase one immunization, enough for 17 percent of the population in B.C.

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