B.C. reports 708 new cases, 11 deaths over three-day weekend period

B.C. has 708 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 further deaths over the three-day weekend period.

Daily case counts remain lower than in previous months, with 258 on Saturday, 238 on Sunday and 212 on Monday.

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Of the new cases, 113 were in the Interior Health region. Elsewhere, there were 140 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 394 in Fraser Health, 18 in Vancouver Island Health, 42 in Northern Health and one new case in a person who lives outside Canada.

The province now has 2,953 active cases with 249 in hospital and 78 of those patients requiring critical care.

With 11 further deaths over the weekend, a total of 1,703 people in B.C. have now died due to COVID-19.

Those who died include one person in their 40s, two people in their 60s, six in their 70s and two in their 80s or older.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also reported the province's third case of VITT, or vaccine-induced thrombocythemia, a rare clotting disorder linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which B.C. is no longer administering as a first dose.

The patient, a man in his 30s from the Vancouver Island Health region, is being treated.

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