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BC reports 6 additional COVID deaths as hospitalizations continue to surge

BC health officials reported 1,168 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with six new deaths.

Of the new cases, 341 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 632 were in the Fraser Health region, 64 were in Island Health, 105 were in Interior Health, and 26 were in Northern Health.

A total of 9,821 cases are currently considered active in BC.

There are now 397 people in hospital, a spike of 20 patients since Tuesday, with 120 patients in intensive care with the virus.

The number of people in self-isolation has spiked to a record high 16,304 people.

NEW: People aged 40+ and Indigenous peoples 18+ can register following this schedule. Once you’re registered you'll get...

Posted by Government of British Columbia on Monday, April 12, 2021

To date, 1,190,832 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in BC, 87,820 of which are second doses.

There are currently 258 active cases of the COVID-19 variants in BC, the most prevalent of which is the UK B.1.1.7 variant.

“Everyone 55 and older is eligible for a vaccine today. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is available for anyone 55 and over through your local pharmacy.

People 64 and older and Indigenous peoples 18 and over, as well as individuals who have received a ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ letter, are being invited to book through the Get Vaccinated program," said Dr. Bonnie Henry in a written statement.

"We are pleased to see today’s Health Canada assessment and decision on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

We’ve been following this closely, and we await the recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Immunization to determine how to best use this vaccine going forward to further enhance our protection."

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