B.C. reports record-shattering 941 cases of COVID-19, 10 deaths

VANCOUVER — B.C. health officials announced another 941 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, shattering the province’s previous record for daily infections.

The latest update from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix also set new records for hospitalizations and active cases in B.C.

In a written statement, Henry and Dix urged people across the province to curb social interactions as much as possible, immediately.

“We need to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province and that needs to happen now,” the health officials said. “Let’s remember that every case of COVID-19 is a person who requires support and care, who may become severely ill and need to be in hospital, and whose family will experience the stress, emotional burden and for some, the tragedy, that has come with this virus.”

There have now been 28,348 cases of the novel coronavirus identified across the province since the start of the pandemic.

The latest infections pushed B.C.’s active caseload to a record 7,732, while hospitalizations reached a new high of 284. That includes 61 patients struggling in intensive care or critical care.

The previous record for daily cases was 767, set on Nov. 28. Before November, the province had recorded as many as 400 cases in 24 hours.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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