Province announces 76 new cases of COVID-19, orders personal service businesses to close

An additional eight people have tested positive in the Interior Health region

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reported a further increase of 76 cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia. There are now 424 people with the disease in B.C.

Of those new cases, an additional eight cases were reported in the Interior Health region, where there is now 27 cases.

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Province-wide, there are now 27 people in hospital due to the disease, with 12 in intensive care units.

One additional death was reported on Saturday, a resident at the Lynn Valley Care Centre. COVID-19 has now killed 10 people in B.C.

Henry also delivered an additional verbal order, mandating that personal services such as tattoo shops and massage parlors, where the appropriate two-metre physical distancing measures are not possible, must close until further notice.

“Most of these places have closed, but it has come to my attention that there is confusion over whether or not these places should close,” Henry said.

“Physical distancing is incredibly important right now for everybody. We know we have had community cases for a couple of weeks now. We know people in communities are transmitting it to each other.”

Health Minister Adrian Dix reiterated the importance of compliance with orders and physical distancing measures.

"This is really, for all of us, as individuals and a society, the greatest fight of our time. Our response so far has been good. And it’s been human. But it needs to be more than that,” Dix said.

“It needs to be 100 per cent. It isn’t about somewhere else, it isn’t about somebody else. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about all of us. And that’s why it’s essential.”

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