Ten further deaths attributed to COVID-19 as single-day case record broken again

Another 10 British Columbians have died over the past 24 hours due to COVID-19.

Wednesday's update from the province is the second consecutive report of a high number of deaths, following 11 deaths reported on Tuesday.

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In addition, there have been 762 new cases reported over the same period, breaking yesterday's single-day record of 717 cases.

The Interior Health region can account for 38 of the new cases, but the majority of the new cases are in the Lower Mainland, with 210 in Vancouver Coastal Health and 481 in Fraser Health.

Elsewhere, there were 20 new cases in the Vancouver Island Health region and 13 in Northern Health.

Hospitalization numbers continue to rise, with 209 currently in hospital — a record amount. Of those 209, 58 are in critical care.

Another 9,871 people are under active public health monitoring due to potential exposure to confirmed cases.

Of the province's 24,422 cases to date, 16,914 people have recovered, 320 have died and 6,861 cases remain active.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is expected to introduce new public health orders on Thursday as a result of rising case numbers, hospitalizations, deaths and outbreaks.

An update from Interior Health issued late Wednesday afternoon says there are 209 active cases in the region with two people in hospital, including one in critical care.

None of the deaths reported Wednesday occurred in the Interior Health region.

No further cases have been reported from the outbreak at The Hamlets at Westsyde long-term care home.

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