COVID-19: B.C. records 317 new cases as pandemic outlook improves across Canada

About 67 per cent of all adults in B.C. have received their first dose compared to about half of all Canadians nationally.

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B.C. health officials reported 317 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the country’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Canada’s pandemic outlook has taken a turn for the better over the past month.

Tam said average case counts are now less than half of what they were during the peak of the third wave in mid-April. The number of people experiencing severe illness from the novel coronavirus is also decreasing, though at a slower pace.

B.C.’s new cases — more than half of which are in the Lower Mainland —  bring the total number of active cases in the province to 3,441. Of these, 292 are in hospital, including 79 in intensive care.

Two more people have died from the virus, for a total of 1,692 deaths.

“The virus is still spreading with new cases and clusters, which is why using our layers of protection and getting vaccinated — especially in this time of transition — is so important,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s chief provincial health officer, and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a joint statement on Friday.

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About 67 per cent of all adults in B.C. have received their first dose compared to about half of all Canadians nationally.

The increasing levels of vaccination and lowering case counts allowed B.C. to launch its restart plan earlier this week.

Health officials also announced Thursday that most people will receive their second vaccine dose within eight weeks of their first shot, down from the original 16-week interval.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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