With 908 new cases of COVID-19, B.C. comes close to its all-time high in new cases

But just 43 of the new cases occurred in the Interior Health region

B.C. health officials are reporting yet another day of high new COVID-19 cases, with 908 identified over the past 24 hours.

The new total nearly tops the province's worst day, when 948 new cases were reported on Nov. 14, 2020.

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Friday's report continues a recent surge in new cases, seen mostly in the Lower Mainland so far.

Fraser Health accounted for most of the new cases reported on Friday with 438. Elsewhere, there were 294 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 55 in Vancouver Island Health, 43 in Interior Health and 78 in Northern Health.

Of further concern is the continued increase in cases caused by variants of concern — strains of the coronavirus which cause more severe illness or are more transmissible.

To date, B.C. has seen 1,912 such cases, including 140 added on Friday. They include the U.K. variant (1,666 cases), the South Africa variant (47 cases) and the Brazil variant (199 cases).

Hospitalization numbers remain relatively stable, so far, with 298 in hospital and 81 of those patients in critical care.

In the past seven days, B.C.'s active case count has grown by more than 1,000 cases, up to 6,245 on Friday.

Another 9,996 people are isolating and under active public health monitoring due to exposure to confirmed cases.

To date, B.C. has seen 95,677 cases, with 87,866 of those recovered. A total of 1,449 have died, including three more people on Friday.

On the vaccine front, B.C. has now administered 637,856 total doses, including 87,866 second doses.

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