The second peak of COVID-19 cases in BC, six more deaths

Active cases have risen to 7253 BC

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British Columbia has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases ever, with 1,528 new infections reported on Wednesday as the Omicron variant takes over.

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The rapidly spreading option led to the introduction of new rules by Dr Bonnie Henry, a provincial health official, closing bars, dance studios and sports facilities until at least 18 January.

The Ministry of Health notes the number of new cases reported Wednesday was temporary due to a late update shall be confirmed after inspection .

BC Elder counselor Isobel Mackenzie issued a statement in response to the increase in the number of cases, calling on the province to make rapid antigen tests widely available to people before visiting older relatives at highest risk.

Mackenzie also called on the government to reduce the requirement for at least six months between someone else’s vaccine and a booster dose, which is linked to the government, in order to speed up the introduction of third injections.

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Earlier this week, provincial officials announced plans to expand the availability of both rapid tests and repeat injections to the general public from next month.

The number of active COVID-19 cases has risen to 7,253 BC, including 187 in hospital, and six more have died, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,409.

The largest jump (711 new infections) and the highest number of active cases were in the coastal health area of ​​Vancouver, followed by Fraser Health.

The Department of Health said in a statement that 86.7 percent of eligible people five years of age and older have received the first dose of COVID-19, while 82.7 percent have received two injections and 18 percent of eligible adults have received multiple vaccinations.

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It states that Between 7 and 20 December, two people who received a dose of the vaccine accounted for almost 72% of new COVID-19 cases, while those who did not receive almost 68% of hospital admissions in December. .

The University of British Columbia also said Wednesday that most classes will be temporarily online on campus in both Vancouver and Okanagan.

University President Santa Ono said in a statement that the campuses will remain open, but after the holiday break, instruction will be given online until at least January 24th.

Ono says they plan to allow personal study after that, but university officials will monitor the situation and provide an update in the first week of the new year.

Some courses, including those with clinical or performance and studio components, continue in person with safety protocols.


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