COVID-19 update for April 23: New travel restrictions coming today | Ottawa suspends flights from India | Some B.C. hospitals to postpone non-emergency surgeries

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 23, 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.


As of the latest figures given on April 22:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 122,757 (8,733 active cases)
• New cases since April 21: 1,006
• Total deaths: 1,550 (4 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 502
• Intensive care: 161
• Total vaccinations: 1,500,430 doses administered (88,475 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: 12,846
• Recovered: 112,235
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 12


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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.

9:30 a.m. – B.C. government announces new travel restrictions

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth will make an announcement regarding provincial travel restrictions relating to COVID-19.

Farnworth is expected to give details of what the government views as essential travel while B.C. considers using roadblocks to discourage people from leaving their health authority region.

He has described the checkpoints as a type of “counterattack” that is usually used to find impaired drivers.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says with current levels of transmission, travel will spread the virus even further in B.C.


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However, a group that represents front-line RCMP officers has pushed back against the roadblocks, saying it puts more pressure on limited resources and exposes officers to further risk and possible COVID-19 infections.

The National Police Federation released a statement on Wednesday noting it has “grave concerns” about police taking part in enforcing a COVID-19 ban on non-essential travel.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Ottawa suspends flights from India and Pakistan for a month 

The federal government is suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says because there are so many people arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan with COVID-19, all commercial and private passenger flights from both countries will be prohibited as of midnight.

He says cargo flights will still be allowed, particularly to ensure shipments of vaccines and personal protective equipment can continue.

Shipments of vaccine to Canada, however, are suspended by India likely until at least June, as the country battles its biggest surge of COVID-19 yet.

More than 300,000 people were diagnosed in India today, its highest single-day total to date.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says half of the people who are testing positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canada on an airplane came from India, even though Indian flights accounted for only one-fifth of air traffic.


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-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – Key B.C. hospitals to cut 1,750 non-urgent surgeries over the next two weeks

Health Minister Adrian Dix says nine hospitals in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coast Health will cut 750 and 1,000 non-urgent surgeries respectively over the next two weeks to deal with COVID-19 patients flooding the health-care systems.

There are 502 COVID-91 patients in hospital as of Wednesday including 161 in intensive care. This is a record, and comes as the daily-case count reached 1,006 and four more people died.

Dix said that on March 21, 2021 there were 60 people in intensive care with COVID-19. He said that one third of all people in B.C. eligible for a vaccine have received at least one dose.

— David Carrigg


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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