Nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 over past 24 hours

B.C. has also seen 10 further deaths, and 49 of the new cases are in the Interior Health region,

B.C. health officials have identified nearly 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

The finding of 941 new cases is a single-day record for the province.

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There have also been 10 further deaths due to the disease, bringing the province's total to 358.

Of the new cases, 49 are in the Interior Health region, which is also a single-day record.

Interior Health now has 302 active cases with two people in hospital, none in critical care.

Elsewhere in the province, there have been 174 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 678 in Fraser Health, 11 in Vancouver Island Health and 29 in Northern Health.

Hospitalization numbers have now reached 284, with 61 of those in critical care.

Of the province's total of 28,348 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 19,605 have recovered.

There are now 7,732 cases active in the province and another 10,283 people self-isolating due to exposure to confirmed cases.

In a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, the two officials urged British Columbians to heed health orders and guidelines.

"We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province and that needs to happen now. That is why we have paused all gatherings, events and indoor group fitness activities," the statement reads.

A host of new health orders, introduced last week and modified this week, prohibit social gatherings with people outside your household, prohibit events and recommend against inter-community travel.

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