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.
BC #covid19 Mar 5
Variants: 4 new confirmed – total 250, 12 active
Vaccine: 311208 doses, +12357 – 86865 2nd doses
Today's statement says: "the number of new cases remains higher than we want it to be."
(today BC has highest new cases here since January 7th)#bcpoli @news1130 2/2
— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) March 6, 2021
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.