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B.C. records 862 COVID-19 cases, as hospital beds continue to fill

Last Updated Apr 21, 2021 at 4:11 pm PDT

FILE - Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry during a daily COVID-19 update on Aug. 24, 2020. (Courtesy Province of B.C./Flikr)

483 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in B.C., 164 of whom are in intensive care

Nearly 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Seven more people have died in B.C. due to COVID-19, as the province records another 862 cases.

B.C.’s daily case count has been on a downward trend, as it was only last week there were counts of 1,000 and up.

We continue to see record hospitalizations due to COVID-19. There are 483 people in the hospital, including 164 who are in the ICU. Those figures are up from Tuesday’s numbers of 456 and 148, respectively.

“Our front-line health-care workers are under intense pressure and the number of people requiring specialized care in our critical and intensive care units continues to increase,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“This is the result of our individual and collective actions from two weeks ago. What we do today will determine how we fare two weeks from now,” it added.

Nearly two thirds of the cases recorded in the past day are in the Fraser Health region. About a quarter are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

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On the vaccine front, 1,456,946 doses of Pfizer-BioNTch, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-SII have been administered in B.C., 888,335 of which are second doses.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says nearly a third of eligible British Columbians have received a first dose.

People aged 30 and up can now register to book a vaccine through the age-based program. Those aged 40 and up can call their local pharmacy to schedule an appointment for the AstraZeneca shot. There are also clinics set up in high-risk communities.