Past 24 hours brings 997 new COVID-19 cases, including 91 in Interior Health

B.C. health officials have reported another 997 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

Daily case counts have been on the rise since late March, nearing 1,000 cases per day for the past week.

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Wednesday's report also includes 91 new cases in the Interior Health region, but regional data for the previous week shows most of new cases are likely occurring in the Central Okanagan.

From March 28 to April 3, the Kamloops local health area saw 48 cases, while the Central Okanagan reported 214.

Hospitalization numbers continue to rise in the province. On Wednesday, 330 were in hospital with 105 of those in critical care.

B.C. currently has 8,728 active cases, still shy of its all-time high.

Two additional deaths have also been reported, bringing the province's death toll to 1,491.

Elsewhere in the province, there were 356 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 465 in Fraser Health, 67 in Vancouver Island Health and 18 in Northern Health.

Over the past 24 hours, another 34,040 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and in total, B.C. has given 946,096 total doses, 87,504 of which are second doses.

Registration for vaccine appointment booking is currently open to everyone, online at getvaccinated.gov.bc.ca, however, only those in currently eligible age groups will receive an invitation to book an appointment.

The province is currently booking appointments for those age 70 and older, or Indigenous people age 18 and older. Those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable who have received a letter from their doctor are also eligible to book an appointment.

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