COVID-19 update for April 22: Variant connected to surge in India now in B.C. | Seven more deaths

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 22, 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.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on April 21:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 121,751 (8,906 active cases)
• New cases since April 20: 862
• Total deaths: 1,546 (7 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 483
• Intensive care: 164
• Total vaccinations: 1,456,946 doses administered (88,335second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 13,135
• Recovered: 111,039
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 11

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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19 FAQ: What you need to know about the vaccine rollout in B.C.

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

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COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

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


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

1 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. – The new normal? Experts say B.C.’s current vaccination plan doesn’t lead to COVID-free future

Not enough people will obtain immunity to COVID-19 under B.C.’s current vaccination program to allow life to return to normal by fall, according to a new report by two Simon Fraser University professors.

A set of simulations run by mathematicians Paul Tupper and Caroline Colijn show that B.C. should be able to protect about 51 per cent of the population through its current vaccination program, which aims to provide every eligible adult with their second dose of vaccine by September.

That is about nine percentage points short of the 60 per cent of the population needed to achieve herd immunity.

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Tupper said it was his “fervent hope” that life would return to normal after B.C.’s vaccination rollout was complete, but after crunching the numbers and looking at research from the U.K., he realized that was “not going to happen.”

That is because about 80 per cent of B.C.’s population is adult and only 80 per cent of adults are expected to get vaccinated. In their simulations, Tupper and Colijn assumed the vaccines would be 80-per-cent effective at preventing infection. As a result, they found that vaccinating only adults who choose to be vaccinated would not achieve herd immunity.

-Glenda Luymes

12 a.m. – Seven deaths and 862 new cases reported, as variant from India appears in B.C. 

Health officials have confirmed the COVID-19 variant B 1.617 first discovered in India is now in B.C.

In a prepared statement, a B.C. Ministry of Health spokesperson said that 39 cases of the double mutation had been identified in B.C.

These cases were found at the beginning of April but were not reported because “at the time, B 1.617 had not been identified as a variant of concern or variant under investigation,” the spokesperson said.

“B.C. was able to identify this lineage through whole genome sequencing. This is why B.C. has recently changed its surveillance strategy to ensure there is lab capacity to identify new and emerging variants.”

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has now classified B 1.617 as a “variant of interest” and the BCCDC Public Health Lab is reviewing genetic sequencing information and linking that to case details.

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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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