According to the latest reports from B.C.’s top health officials, the province has recorded another 153 cases of patients who have tested positive for the virus.
Taking this new figure into account, it appears that the province’s weekly rolling average has retained its downward trend.
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry made this announcement on Thursday, saying that the total number of cases in the province stood at 145,996.
Henry explained that from the 1,910 present active cases, 176 are recuperating in hospitals, and this includes 49 who are admitted in intensive care units.
The provincial health officer also revealed that four more people had lost their lives to the virus. This brings the total number of people who have died from the pandemic to 1,729.
However, it’s crucial to note that the figure of new cases reported on Thursday was higher than that of the previous day.
On Wednesday, there were only 148 new positive cases, reducing the rolling weekly average from 168 to 161. B.C.has not achieved a weekly average that’s lower than 161 since 20th October of last year.
When giving the latest Covid-19 stats, Henry also provided an update about the vaccination of the second round of doses.
He explained that those waiting for the second round of vaccines would have to wait no less than eight weeks after receiving their first dose.
He drew our attention to the shortage of the supply of vaccines that clinics are facing. However, he asked those who will be forced to wait not to worry at all. This is especially because the province is set to receive more Moderna doses in the weeks to come.
By Thursday, the proportion of eligible B.C. residents who have received either one of the doses is estimated to be 74.9%. Another 72.8% of those aged 12 years and above have gotten their first dose.
This brings the total number of vaccines that have been administered in the area to 3,823,103. This constitutes all three types of vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Of the 3,823,103 doses administered, 443,562 are second doses.