Interior Health sees 70 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours

There has been a record high number of new cases in the Interior Health region over the past 24 hours, according to an update from the province.

Of B.C.'s 738 new cases announced Wednesday, 70 are in the Interior Health region. The region's previous record was 44 new cases over a 24-hour period.

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Elsewhere in the province, there have been 169 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 443 in Fraser Health, 21 in Vancouver Island Health and 35 in Northern Health.

The province has also seen a record number of deaths over a 24-hour period, with COVID-19 claiming the lives of 13 more British Columbians.

A total of 371 have now died due to COVID-19 in B.C.

Hospitalization numbers are also continuing to rise, with 294 in hospital as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those, 61 are in critical care.

An additional 10,270 people are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

In total, B.C. has seen 29,086 cases of COVID-19, with 19,814 of those so far recovered, leaving 7,616 cases active.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced a correction made to case figures out of Fraser Health.

The correction affects daily case totals from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, with some days' figures over-reported and some under-reported. The province says the corrected figures will be reflected on the BCCDC's COVID-19 dashboard.

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