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COVID-19 variant cases jump as B.C. hits 80,000 total cases

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:41 PST, Mon March 1, 2021

B.C. recorded 42 new cases of COVID-19 variants of concern over the weekend, bringing the cumulative total of variant cases to 158.

Of those cases, only 10 are currently active. All the new cases are of the so-called United Kingdom variant.

Additionally, B.C. surpassed the 80,000 case mark over the weekend, with 80,672 cases recorded here since the pandemic began. There were 1,478 new cases over the weekend—532 from Friday to Saturday, 508 from Saturday to Sunday and a further 438 in the last 24 hours. 

Of the new cases, 327 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 857 in the Fraser Health region, 88 in the Island Health region, 92 in the Interior Health region and 114 in the Northern Health region.

There are 4,464 active cases and 8,210 people are under active public health monitoring. Of the active cases, 236 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 65 of whom are in intensive care. 

To date, 275,681 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in B.C., 83,777 of which are second doses. 

Sadly, eight people lost their lives to COVID-19 over the weekend. There were four new healthcare facility outbreaks and six were declared over. There remain eight active outbreaks in long-term care or assisted living facilities and seven in acute care facilities. 

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: http://www.bccdc.ca/ or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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