B.C. reports 289 new cases of COVID-19, one further death

The case report follows the announcement of B.C.'s restart plan, which will see the province return to normal in a series of four steps

B.C. is reporting one of its lowest daily new case counts in 2021 to date, with just 289 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

Comparable daily case counts prior to recent reports date back to October 2020, when cases were on the rise as part of B.C.'s second wave.

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The report follows the announcement of B.C.'s restart plan, which will see the province gradually return to normal across three steps between now and September, at the earliest.

Hospitalizations continue a slow and steady decline, down to 301 in hospital as of Tuesday, with 93 of those patients requiring critical care in ICUs.

Of the new cases, 35 were in the Interior Health region, 70 were in Vancouver Coastal Health, 176 in Fraser Health, three in Island Health, four in Northern Health and one new case in a non-resident of Canada.

Active cases also continue to plunge, down to 3,782 on Tuesday. Of B.C.'s total 142,636 cases, 137,062 have recovered while 1,680 have died, including one further death over the past 24 hours.

On the vaccine front, B.C. has now administered 2,927,487 doses of vaccine, including 148,580 second doses. That figure amounts to 64.6 per cent of all adults having received a single dose, and about 3.3 per cent who are fully vaccinated.

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