B.C. records more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19 over Easter long weekend

The number of those in hospitals in B.C. also continues to grow, up to 318 on Monday with 96 of those patients in critical care.

B.C. health officials are repoting 1,889 new cases of COVID-19, identified over the past 48 hours.

Sunday's total came in at 999 cases and Monday's case total was 890. These add to the weekend's previous case counts, which were provisional and have since been updated, of 1,074 on Friday and 1,077 on Saturday.

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That brings the Easter weekend total to 4,040 new cases, and the province's active case count has exploded as a result, up to 8,490 active cases. That's up nearly 4,000 active cases since early March.

Of the new cases over the past two days, 129 have been in the Interior Health region. That figure adds to 149 cases identified over Friday and Saturday.

The number of those in hospitals in B.C. also continues to grow, up to 318 on Monday with 96 of those patients in critical care.

Another 11,989 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

Of the province's total 104,061 cases, 94,806 have recovered while 1,486 have died, including 23 further deaths since April 1.

The province also provided an update on variants of concern in B.C., discovering 916 more variant cases through genomic sequencing of positive tests.

To date, B.C. has seen 2,771 cases of the U.K. variant, 51 cases of the South Africa variant and 737 cases of the Brazil (P.1) variant.

Of all variant cases, 588 remain active.

About 150,000 more doses of vaccine have been administered across the province since the end of March, bringing the province's total to 893,590 doses given, 87,351 of which were second doses.

Beginning Tuesday, an online booking system will be launched by the province and those born in 1950 or earlier will be able to register. Indigenous people 18 and older and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable can also book appointments.

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