Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for April 21, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on April 20:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 120,889 (9,145 active cases)
• New cases since April 19: 849
• Total deaths: 1,539 (1 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 456
• Intensive care: 149
• Total vaccinations: 1,414,644 doses administered (88,262 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 13,679
• Recovered: 109,973
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 11

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LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

5 a.m. – B.C. announces travel restrictions, lowers eligible age for AstraZeneca vaccine

B.C. Premier John Horgan on Monday announced sweeping new travel restrictions that prohibit people from travelling outside their health authority to stop the spread of COVID-19.

B.C. will bring in an order on Friday that means people could face a fine for non-essential travel outside their local health authority, with checkpoints across the province.

B.C. Liberal Leader Shirley Bond slammed the move, saying she was not told about it during a regular meeting with the provincial health officer on Monday morning.

“It came as a complete surprise,” Bond said.

“The premier has had months to deal with the issue and consider potential travel restrictions. First it was on the table, then it was off the table, there was a legal opinion, can’t do it, we’re not like other jurisdictions. Then today an announcement with zero details. People don’t know whether they can drive to work on Friday morning.”

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Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will issue orders under the Emergency Program Act which will allow police to do random roadside check spots, Horgan said, not unlike the check stops that target impaired drivers over the holiday season.

-Katie DeRosa, David Carrigg

5 a.m. – COVID-infected people arrive in B.C. from India as Trudeau ponders flight restriction

COVID-infected people continue to arrive in Vancouver from India — where mutations are out of control.

According to latest data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, 10 flights arrived in Vancouver from Delhi between April 6 and April 16 with infected people on board — and in some cases with several infected people on board.

During the same period, infected people also arrived in Vancouver from Amsterdam and the U.S.

To be allowed to board a flight to Canada all passengers aged five and over must show a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous three days. If the person arrives by plane they must quarantine for three days in a government-approved hotel while they wait for a test taken when they arrived.

It is not known how people who have tested negative three days before departure arrive in Vancouver sick with the disease, but health officials have said they could have contracted the virus after the test.

-David Carrigg

5 a.m. – The winners in government pandemic spending spree

A day after the federal government dropped its debt-fuelled budget, the B.C. government filed its own 2021 financial prediction. At its core, the budget will see a record deficit of $9.7 billion for 2021-2022 with provincial debt expected to be almost $103 billion by 2024. The budget forecasts economic growth of 4.4 per cent this year after declining by 5.3 per cent in 2020.

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Here’s a look at where pandemic provincial budget money will go and what it might mean to you:

The winners in government pandemic spending spree

12 a.m. – Active cases fall as seven-day daily average flattens

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 849 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and one death.

Henry said there were now 9,145 active cases of the disease, of which 456 were being treated in hospital including 148 in intensive care. While hospitalizations are rising, average daily case count, active cases and the number of people in self isolation is falling. Those numbers had all been on the rise until today’s bulletin.

Of the active cases, 163 are related to one of the three COVID-19 variants circulating in B.C.

Henry said there had been two new health-care facility outbreaks, at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Dawson Creek Hospital. The outbreak at the Long Lake Chateau in Nanaimo – leaving 11 active health-care facility outbreaks.

12 a.m. – Outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Fraser Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Memorial Hospital after five patients tested positive for the disease.

The health authority says the outbreak is limited to one medicine unit.

“The emergency department at Surrey Memorial Hospital remains open and there has been no impact to any other areas of the hospital,” Fraser Health said.


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



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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