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B.C. records seven COVID-related deaths, more than 700 new cases

Last Updated May 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm PDT

FILE - Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about phase two in B.C.'s COVID-19 immunization plan as Premier John Horgan and Minister Arian Dix look on during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

There are 455 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 157 in ICU

More than 70 per cent of new B.C. COVID cases are in Fraser Health region

Province says 45 per cent of those who are eligible have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There have been 722 new COVID-19 infections in the past day in B.C., and another seven people have died.

There are 455 people hospitalized with the illness, including 157 who are in intensive care.

A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says 523 new cases were reported in the Fraser Health Authority alone, which makes up 72 per cent of the total.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, 2,042,442 doses have been administered in B.C., 99,461 of which are second doses.

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Henry and Dix say 45 per cent of those who are eligible have received at least one dose. The province is currently reaching out to people aged 49 and up who have registered for the age-based vaccination program.

By Tuesday, it expects to be contacting people as young as 40.

People aged 30 and up living in “high-transmission” neighbourhoods in Vancouver, as well as people in parts of the Fraser Health region are also eligible now.

Head to our vaccination info page for more details.