B.C. now has 725 COVID-19 cases

There have been 14 deaths as of March 26, with 186 people now recovered

An update on the latest cases of COVID-19 in B.C. was delivered on Thursday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 66 new cases have been reported in the province in the past 24 hours.

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B.C. now has 725 cases of COVID-19, including 62 cases in the Interior Health region.

Vancouver remains the health region with the most cases, with 359. There are 241 cases in the Fraser Health region, 52 cases on Vancouver Island and 11 cases in the Northern Health region.

No new deaths were reported on Thursday. There have been 14 deaths in the province to date. Sixty-six people remain in hospitlal, 26 of whom are in intensive care.

A total of 186 people have recovered.

Henry said the province is still "very much" in the first incubation period since restrictive measures have come into place, such as the 50-person limit on gathering and social distancing.

"There are still people out there who are incubating this disease. We know there has been transmission," she said.

Henry said she expects we will know more five or six days from now, and held herself back from making hopeful hopeful predictions.

"But there are many things that can happen, we can have an outbreak in a small community, we can have a hospital outbreak. There are so many scenarios. We take it day by day," she said.

She concluded by reinforcing the need for people to comply with physical measures and other orders.

"There are many things we need everybody to do, because this is the time we can make a difference. Physical distancing is something all of us need to take seriously right now. It’s our firewall so we can put out all the little sparks from what occurred five, six, seven, eight — 10 days ago," she said.

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