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B.C. COVID-19 cases under 300 for second day in a row

Last Updated May 25, 2021 at 4:20 pm PDT

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

There are 301 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 93 of whom are in ICU

B.C. recorded one COVID-related death in the past day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As B.C. announces its plans to bring things back to pre-pandemic life in the coming months, the province has recorded 289 new cases of COVID-19. This is the second day of an under-300 case count, after Monday’s 293.

About 60 per cent of the new cases Tuesday were in the Fraser Health region. Twenty-four per cent were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

There are 301 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 292 on Monday. However the number of patients in the ICU has dropped from 96 to 93.

One person has died of the illness in the past day.

On the vaccine front, B.C. is nearing the three-million mark, with 2,927,487 doses administered so far. Of those, 148,580 are second doses.

“This means 64.6% of all adults have received their first dose, or 59.8% of those 12 and older,” reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

On Tuesday, B.C. detailed its four-step restart plan, ending with life pretty much back to how it was in pre-pandemic times by September.

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At 12 a.m. May 25, B.C.’s “circuit breaker” restrictions, which shut down indoor dining at eateries, expired. As of Tuesday, indoor and outdoor dining is allowed, with up to six people at a table.

Outdoor personal gatherings are still restricted to up to 10 people, and indoor gatherings of up to five people or one household is allowed.

A ban on non-essential visits outside of your travel zone within B.C. also remains in place until at least mid-June.