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Toddler dies due to COVID-19 complications as B.C. records 2,960 new cases

Last Updated Apr 20, 2021 at 12:59 am PDT

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

Toddler in B.C. who was suffering from pre-existing conditions has died as a result of complications from COVID-19

B.C.'s top doctor says child was receiving specialized care at BC Children's Hospital, but died in Fraser Health region

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – A child under the age of two has died as a result of complications from COVID-19.

That’s according to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who noted the child had pre-existing health conditions that complicated their illness.

“It was a virus that caused her death,” Henry confirmed Monday. “This young child resided in the Fraser Health Region but was getting specialized care at the BC Children’s Hospital.”

It’s unclear what exact pre-existing conditions the toddler was suffering from.

B.C.’s top doctor reported on Monday that there were 1,027 new cases of COVID-19 recorded between Friday and Saturday, 933 cases between Saturday and Sunday, and 1,000 new infections between Sunday and Monday.

There were eight deaths over the weekend, for a total of 1,538 since the pandemic began.

There are 9,353 active cases, including 441 patients are in the hospital. Of those, 138 are in the ICU.

Despite the high numbers, Henry maintains the restrictions that were introduced three weeks ago are starting to work, pointing to a chart tracking the daily case count beginning to slightly angle downwards.

The province announced on Monday that “circuit breaker” restrictions would remain in place until at least the end of May long weekend, as cases and variants continue to spread.

In an effort to get British Columbians sticking closer to home, B.C. also announced that it would soon start issuing fines to people caught travelling outside their health regions without good reason.