BC records another 516 cases of COVID-19

BC records another 516 cases of COVID-19

Health officials in British Columbia announced 516 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 25,472.

The vast majority of the new cases remain clustered in the Lower mainland, with 210 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 481 in the Fraser Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 20 in Island Health and 13 in the Northern Health region.

As of Thursday, 6,926 cases of COVID-19 were considered active, including 217 people who were in hospital for treatment, 59 of whom required intensive care.

Currently, 9,871 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

On Thursday Henry and Dix announced a long list of new measures meant to stem the second wave of COVID-19 to "relieve the stress" Henry said was being placed on the province's health-care systems.

Since the pandemic began, B.C. has recorded a total of 25,474 cases of COVID-19.

A new health order was also issued, making the use of masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

"The provincewide orders are about all of us seeing fewer people, having safer workplaces and pausing higher risk activities", the joint statement says.

"We are all feeling the strain of COVID-19", Henry added.

The order is part of a number of sweeping measures announced Thursday, Nov. 19 - which extend restrictions on travel, social and group gatherings, as well as indoor group fitness - from the Lower Mainland to all of B.C. until December 7.

"In every case, every person matters to their family, to their friends, to their community and to us", said Dix.



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