COVID-19 update for June 10: B.C. cases continue to drop | BCCDC study shows one shot of Pfizer or Moderna is two-thirds effective | Travel agents welcome lifting restrictions | U.K. cases up |

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.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on June 9:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 145,843 (1,975 active cases)
• New cases since June 7: 148
• Total deaths: 1,725 (three new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 195
• Intensive care: 41
• Total vaccinations: 3,749,758 doses administered; 390,264 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 145,843
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 7

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B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

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


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. – BCCDC study shows one shot of Pfizer or Moderna is two-thirds effective and protects well against variants

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has released figures showing a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine reduced the risk of catching COVID-19 by 66 per cent, and worked against the Alpha and Gamma variants.

In an article released on Wednesday, the BCCDC reported mass single-doses in older adults were effective enough to lead to the decision to defer second doses when there are supply problems.

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The study was done during the second wave of COVID-19 in B.C. at the start of the year when the Alpha variant (initially found in the U.K.) and Gamma variant (initially found in Brazil) appeared.

The study said a single dose of mRNA vaccine reduced the risk of SARS-CoV-2 in adults under 70 by about two-thirds, with protection only minimally less than that against the Alpha and Gamma variants.

According to the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, ten per cent of all people who have received vaccine in B.C. are fully vaccinated with two doses. There have been 3.75 million doses administered, to 74.5 per cent of all adults in B.C.

-David Carrigg

5 a.m. – B.C. travel agents welcome prospect of easing travel restrictions

Word that Canada is working to ease COVID-19 quarantine rules for cross-border travellers was welcome news for Delta travel agent Trina Dang-Bordes, whose business has been mostly dormant for 14 months.

“My clients really can’t wait to get out there,” said Dang-Bordes, who is with Marlin Travel in Delta.

However, booking leisure travel for the summer would be premature.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu announced Wednesday that an easing of quarantine rules for Canadians and permanent residents returning to Canada by air as early as July is a first step to the phased reopening of the border.

Citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival will not be required to undergo a three-day hotel quarantine upon arrival, provided they test negative for COVID-19 72 hours before their trip and have a plan for self-quarantine at home while awaiting results of a mandatory COVID test on arrival.

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-Derrick Penner

12 a.m. – B.C. reports 148 new cases, three deaths

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 case total continues to dwindle as the province reported 148 new infections on Wednesday.

It’s the ninth straight day that the province’s daily total has dropped below 200 cases.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said nearly 3.75 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C., including more than 390,000 second doses.

The vaccination rate among all adults in B.C. now sits at 74.5 per cent.

Three more deaths were reported on Wednesday to raise the provincial death toll from COVID-19 to 1,725.

12 a.m.  – U.K. reports most COVID-19 cases since February

The U.K. reported the most new COVID-19 infections since the end of February, fuelling rising concern that the resurgent pandemic could delay plans to ease restrictions.

A further 7,540 cases were reported Wednesday, the most since Feb. 26, according to the government’s data dashboard. Officials have said they’ll keep a close eye on trends to see whether the country will have to delay the planned easing of restrictions on June 21, amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Hospitalizations, another closely watched variable, crossed 1,000 for the first time since May 12, the latest nationwide data showed. So far, deaths have stayed in line with recent low numbers, with six fatalities reported Wednesday, suggesting that the U.K.’s vaccination program is lessening the severity of COVID-19 cases.

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The government said it will provide an update on Monday as to whether it can continue with the easing of measures, which would see nightclubs reopen and most other restrictions lifted.

The Delta coronavirus variant of concern, first identified in India, is believed to be 60 per cent more transmissible than the Alpha variant which was previously dominant in Britain, a prominent UK epidemiologist said on Wednesday.

– Bloomberg


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES


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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