On Thursday, health officials revealed to the public that an additional 1,006 individuals had tested positive for coronavirus.
Speaking in a news conference held that afternoon, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix, the Health Minister, also made it known that the province had hit another record high figure in the number of hospitalizations.
Up to 502 people had been admitted in the hospital for the treatment of the virus, with 161 being cared for in the intensive care unit.
The duo also announced that 4 people had lost their lives to the virus, and this brought the total number of individuals who have passed due to the virus to 1,550.
The good news is, the area’s covid-19 curve has been on a downward trend. The recurring average number of cases reported daily has decreased from 1,126 to 954. This is based on the figures between April, 14 and Thursday, April 22.
The figure of active cases has also decreased slightly, from 10,081 as of April 16 to 8,733.
Henry shed light on the fact that most of the recent cases are being reported from the Fraser Health Region. Another area accounting for 241 of the cases was Vancouver, with 37 being reported in Island Health, 42 in Northern Health and 83 in Interior Health.
Once we include Thursday’s cases, the total number of people infected with Covid-19 in the whole of B.C. is 122,757.
On a positive note, the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is already underway. So far, at least 1,411,955 first doses have been given out and another 88,745 second doses. This is enough to vaccinate approximately 27% of adults locally.
Henry urged the residents of the B.C. area to sign up for the vaccine via the province’s online system. He said doing so would help to make the process of distribution run more smoothly.
Dr.Dix, on his part, requested individuals to continue following the health regulations set even after receiving the vaccine. She also stated that the new travel restrictions would be revealed to the public on Friday.