B.C. sees 1,005 new cases of COVID-19, six further deaths

Interior Health reported 110 new cases on Friday

B.C. health officials are reporting 1,005 new cases of COVID-19 and six further deaths due to the disease.

Of the new cases, 110 occurred in the Interior Health region.

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Elsewhere, there were 259 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 536 in Fraser Health, 49 in Island Health and 51 in Northern Health.

Hospitalizations continue to rise, up to 425 on Friday. That figure includes a record-high 127 people in critical care.

There are now 10,081 active cases in B.C. and another 15,877 people isolating and being monitored by public health due to potential exposure to the virus.

Of the province's total 117,080 cases, 105,291 have recovered and 1,530 have died.

Variants of concern, strains of the coronavirus that cause more severe illness or have increased transmissibility, continue to emerge in B.C.

On Friday, the province's variant case count grew to 5,739. Of those, most (3,858) are the U.K. variant, 71 are the South Africa variant and 1,810 are the Brazil (P.1) variant.

Of all variant cases, 212 remain active.

Over the past 24 hours, the province has administered another 46,228 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To date, 1,282,091 doses have been given, including 87,970 second doses.

People age 55 and older currently qualify for the pharmacy-based program administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Other groups currently eligible to receive a vaccine are those age 63 and older (born in 1958 or earlier), Indigenous people age 18 and older and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable who have received a letter from their doctor.

Anyone can register online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca in order to receive an invitation to book an appointment once their age group is eligible.

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