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B.C. records more than 600 new cases of COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 5, 2021 at 6:50 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Courtesy Government of B.C., Flickr)

Province records 634 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

Numbers come on the heels of B.C.'s top doctor offering hope of a return to some sense of normalcy in the coming months

More than 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There are 634 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in this province, bringing the total to 83,107.

B.C. also recorded four more deaths linked to the virus, for a total of 1,380.

The numbers, released Friday, came on the heels of B.C.’s top doctor offering hope that people in this province might return to some sense of normalcy by summer.

“Maybe I’m too optimistic, but we’re going to be in our post-pandemic world by the summer, if things continue to go the way that we want them to,” Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday.

On Friday, the province announced four more confirmed cases of variants of concern.

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The province says 311,208 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 86,865 of which are second doses.

Health-care workers, those living and working in long-term care homes, and people living in remote and isolated Indigenous communities have so far been the only ones eligible for the vaccine.

But as of Monday, Indigenous people age 65 and up, and other British Columbians age 90 and up can book an appointment to get a shot.