COVID-19 update for May 31: Almost 3 million vaccine doses arriving in Canada this week | Returning snowbirds urged to register | 317 new cases, two 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 May 24, 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 May 28:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 143,581 (3,441 active cases)
• New cases since May 26: 317
• Total deaths: 1,692 (two new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 292
• Intensive care: 79
• Total vaccinations: 3,106,269 doses administered; 160,885 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 138,360
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7


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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.

On Friday, B.C. reported 317 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. There were 3,441 active cases, with 292 people in hospital including 79 in critical care.

4:30 a.m. – Almost 3 million doses of vaccine arriving in Canada this week

Canada is set to receive 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks in large part to an increase in planned deliveries from Pfizer and BioNTech.


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The two pharmaceutical companies had been delivering about 2 million shots per week through the month of May, but will increase that to 2.4 million doses per week starting on Monday.

The federal government says the other 500,000 shots due to arrive this week will come from Moderna, which will deliver the jabs in two separate shipments.

The first will arrive in the middle of the week while the second is due for delivery next weekend, with the doses set for distribution to provinces and territories next week.

The government is also expecting another 1 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of June, though a detailed delivery schedule has not been confirmed.

— The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – B.C. Ministry of Health calls on returning snowbirds to register — vaccinated or not

The B.C. government is calling on all returning snowbirds to register through the Get Vaccinated system regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated, partly vaccinated or not at all.

In a prepared statement, the Ministry of Health said “every eligible person should register through the Get Vaccinated system.”

This can be done by phoning 1-833-838-2323 or visiting a Service B.C. centre and advising the agent of their vaccination status.

“If someone has received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine outside of B.C., they can have it recorded in the provincial immunization registry so there is a record of their vaccination status,” the ministry wrote. “Ahead of reporting a vaccination, people should gather as much information about their immunization as possible.”


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This includes which vaccine they have received, when and where.

— David Carrigg

12 a.m. – B.C. restaurants, stores and religious gatherings respond to shift in restrictions

For Cam MacGregor, meeting up this weekend for drinks with a few friends, “especially the ones who have been more cautious,” was a sign of more normal and social times ahead.

The Goodlad Clothing store on Main Street that he manages celebrated the lifting of some public health restrictions with this handwritten message: “Going for dinner or drinks this weekend? We got you! Denim, shorts, hoodies, T’s!! Restrictions are being lifted! Almost there Vancouver. Now, who needs new clothes to PARTY in?”

He was offering customers who dine next door at The General Public restaurant 20 per cent off clothes and accessories if they presented their receipts for meals and drinks. Business ended up being brisk on Friday and Saturday nights as people were feeling good about being out, he said.

“It was more relaxed vibes again.”

— Joanne Lee-Young

 12 a.m. – B.C. man travels to India to care for ailing father without knowing when he would be back

Rahul Singh, along with the rest of the world, was watching surging cases of COVID-19 in India earlier this year with growing alarm. But the UBC microbiologist had even more reason to be concerned than most.

On April 17, he got word from his aunt and uncle in their hometown of Haridwar, that his father, 78, who suffered a stroke several years ago, was in declining health.


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Then, his aunt and uncle, who had been caring for him, got COVID, and eventually his father.

Singh knew he wouldn’t be able to live with himself if he didn’t go to care for his father, so he made the difficult decision to fly to India, not knowing how long Canada’s ban on Indian flights would last.

— Susan Lazaruk



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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