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They also ask people to practise physical distancing and wear a mask.


3 p.m. Friday – Health officials announce 471 new cases of Covid-19, six additional deaths.

In a joint statement, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix announce that another 471 British Columbians have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, brining the total number of cases in B.C. to 69,716 since the start of the pandemic.

Of that total, 1,246 British Columbians have died, including six in the past day, the statement read.

Of the new cases, 108 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 208 were in the Fraser Health region, 56 were in the Interior Health region and 71 were in the North Health region.

“We want to protect the progress we have made since the start of the year and not throw away our success,” the statement read. “To do this, we need to buy time — time to get our immunization program back up to speed as vaccine supply is restore and scaled up, and time to understand how the variants of concern will affect transmission in our communities.”


LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press


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