COVID-19 cases in BC continue to tumble

  • COVID-19 cases in BC continue to tumble

COVID-19 cases in BC continue to tumble

From May 22 to May 23, there were 325 new cases, and in the last 24 hours, there have been 293 new cases.

The province's rolling weekly average dropped to 383 infections per day, the lowest it's been since November 5.

The Union Health Ministry has come out with new guidelines on vaccination, stating four specific categories of individuals should defer Covid-19 vaccinations. The last time B.C.'s active caseload fell below 4,000 was February 8. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

British Columbians are urged to stay local in the coming weeks in an effort to fully stop the virus. "Their willingness to end this pandemic has been immeasurable", they said in their statement.

"Today is one day closer to putting this pandemic behind us. Until tomorrow's announcement, there are no changes for individuals or businesses", says Henry and Dix in the statement.

New Brunswick, meanwhile, logged 15 new cases, majority in the Fredericton area.

Out east, Nova Scotia reported 49 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, for a total of 894 active infections provincewide. That includes 96 patients in intensive care.

Quebec, which has seen case counts trend downward, lifted the last remaining emergency lockdown measures imposed on some of its hot spot regions on Monday. This brings the total number of newly recorded cases over the weekend to 974, and the provincially recorded total to 142,347.

"Our condolences are with the family, friends and caregivers of the people who have died as a result of COVID-19", Henry and Dix said.

There has been new hope of limiting the severity of illness and the rate of transmission through B.C.'s immunization program, however.

"2,885,488 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to adults 18 and over in BC, 147,144 of which are second doses".