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B.C.'s daily COVID-19 cases reach another record high

Last Updated Apr 3, 2021 at 4:32 pm PDT

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

British Columbia has recorded 2,090 new COVID-19 cases over the last two days

Case counts for Friday, Saturday both broke the previous record for new infections in a single day

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The number of daily COVID-19 infections in the province reached another record-high in the last 24 hours, according to a statement from health officials Saturday.

An additional 1,072 people have tested positive for the virus, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix. On Friday, 1,018 new cases were recorded. Prior to this weekend, the daily record was 1,013 — set on March 31.

Most of the 2,090 new cases are concentrated in the Lower Mainland with 1,052 new cases in the Fraser Health region 709 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

The number of people in hospital, and the number of people who have died were not released, although the statement says 90 people are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Data on the number of cases that are variants of concern is also not available on the weekend, according to the statement.

So far, 856,801 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., 87,455 of which are second doses.

Dix and Henry say the program that allows people between 55 – 65 to get the AstraZeneca vaccine at a pharmacy is going to be expanded beyond the Lower Mainland. By the end of next week, the province plans to make this option available in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Parksville, Prince George, Quesnel, Terrace, Vernon, and Victoria.

All British Columbians are being warned against travel over the long weekend.

“We should not be travelling outside our community or health authority for vacation or recreation right now. Consider day trips only or staying overnight in a local campground or hotel. We have seen too many cases of people travelling outside their health authority region and not using their layers of protection, leading to outbreaks and clusters in their home community,” the statement says,

“These outbreaks are avoidable, and right now we must stay within our local region — for the safety of your community and for others.”