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COVID-19 update: 609 new cases, six further deaths over past 24 hours

Interior Health had the third most cases of B.C.'s five regional health authorities, reporting another 92 residents who have contracted the disease
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Another 609 cases of COVID-19 have been added to B.C.'s tally over the past 24 hours, with six further deaths also being reported over that period.

Interior Health had the third most cases of B.C.'s five regional health authorities, reporting another 92 residents who have contracted the disease.

Elsewhere, there were 257 new cases in Fraser Health, 126 in Northern Health, 79 in Vancouver Coastal Health and 55 in Island Health.

Five of the deaths occurred in the Fraser Health regiion, while one occurred in the Northern.

The number of active cases in the province has fallen some, to 4,748 on Wednesday.

Hospitalization numbers, however, has risen sharply over the past 24 hours, with 422 people with active COVID-19 infections in hospital and 157 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Most cases and hospitalizations continue to be among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people, accounting for 64.1 per cent of all cases over the past week and 74.9 per cent of all hospitalizations over the past two weeks.

Those unvaccinated are among the minority in B.C., with 89.7 per cent of all eligible over the age of 12 having at least one dose, and 84.7 per cent having at least two doses.

Children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.