Most COVID-19 vaccines administered to date as province reports 508 new cases

B.C. health officials are reporting 508 new cases of COVID-19 and six further deaths as the province marks the administration of the most vaccinations in single day to date.

The Interior Health region saw 59 of those cases, far above yesterday's new case total of 17, but only slightly higher than the average daily new case number in recent weeks.

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Elsewhere in the province, there were 116 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 286 in Fraser Health, 22 in Vancouver Island Health and 25 in Northern Health.

The province now has 4,486 active cases, with 217 in hospital and 61 in critical care.

Another 7,699 are under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

To date, 69,970 of B.C.'s 75,835 total cases have recovered while 1,327 have died.

Variants of concern continue to emerge slowly in B.C., with 52 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 20 of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and one case of the B.1.525 (Nigeria) variant.

To date, 192,942 vaccinations have been administered, including 36,923 second doses.

In the past 24 hours, the province has put 12,251 doses of vaccine in the arms of British Columbians, the most in a single day to date.

Another 4.1 million or more British Columbians still need to be vaccinated.

In order for B.C. to vaccinate all of its remaining eligible citizens by the end of September — in line with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise provide a vaccine for every Canadian who wants one — the province will need to administer approximately 18,500 vaccinations every day for the next 223 days.

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