B.C. reports 873 new cases of COVID-19, two further deaths

Interior Health shares 72 of the new cases, down some from its recent daily average of 100 new cases per day

B.C. is reporting 873 new cases of COVID-19 and two further deaths over the past 24 hours.

Of the new cases, 72 are in the Interior Health region. That figure follows a three-day weekend period where Interior Health saw an average of 100 new cases per day.

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Concern remains around the number of people in hospital and intensive care in the province, with 377 reported in hospital on Tuesday and of those, 116 requiring critical care.

The province warned that due to issues with its reporting system, numbers reported on Tuesday may change once confirmed.

There are now 9,756 active cases in B.C., and the province trails Ontario (34,758), Alberta (14,849) and Quebec (12,971) in active cases in Canada.

By health region, there were 218 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 512 in Fraser Health, 43 in Island Health and 28 in Northern Health.

Of the total 113,702 cases, 102,268 have recovered while 1,515 have died. Another 16,290 people are isolating and under public health monitoring.

Health officials also provided an update on variants of concern in the province. As of Tuesday, there were 5,221 confirmed VOC cases, including 3,627 U.K. variant cases, 1,529 Brazil (P.1) variant cases and 65 South Africa variant cases.

Approximately one quarter of all British Columbians currently eligible for a vaccine, which does not include those under age 18, have received at least one dose.

A total of 1,148,993 doses have been administered, including 87,785 second doses.

A number of groups are currently eligible to receive their vaccine, including those age 65 and older, Indigenous people age 18 and older, those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable, and those 55 and older who wish to receive the Astrazeneca vaccine through a pharmacy. Workers in hot spot areas may also receive a vaccination through the province's worker program.

Anyone can register to get vaccinated online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca. Those registered will receive and invitation to book their appointment once their age group is eligible.

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