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B.C. records nearly 1,900 new COVID-19 cases in two days

Last Updated Apr 5, 2021 at 4:18 pm PDT

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

There were 999 new COVID-19 infections between Saturday and Sunday, 890 between Sunday and Monday

There were 23 COVID-19 related deaths in the past four days

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The daily COVID-19 case count in B.C. remains high, with 999 new infections between Saturday and Sunday, and another 890 between Sunday and Monday.

On Saturday, the province reported record-high numbers, with 2,090 people testing positive for the virus in the previous two days. On Monday, the province, nothing that those figures were provisional, said they have since been confirmed to be even higher, with 2,151 infections in that time period.

There have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths in the past four days, averaging about six people per day.

More than 300 people are hospitalized, including 96 in the ICU.

There continues to be a surge of confirmed cases of variants of concern, with 916 new cases in B.C. The most common variant continues to be the B.1.1.7 strain. But the number of cases of the P.1 variant continues to rise, with a total of 737 now confirmed.

More than 890,000 doses of vaccine have been administered so far, 87,000 of which are second doses.

On Tuesday, the province’s online booking system for COVID-19 vaccination launches. Starting 8 a.m., Indigenous people aged 18 and older (born in 2003 or earlier), other British Columbians aged 71 and older (born in 1950 or earlier), and those who are deemed clinically extremely vulnerable can log on to book an appointment.