New orders expected as B.C. health officials prepare to update the situation with COVID-19

Provincial health officials will provide an update on B.C.’s latest COVID-19 numbers at 3 p.m. PT.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is expected to announce new restrictions and extend those currently in effect in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.

People who live in those regions are currently subject to strict restrictions that include a prohibition on socializing with anyone outside of their household. Non-essential travel in those health regions is currently restricted.

The new orders were implemented for a two-week period on Nov. 7 in a bid to curb B.C.’s rapidly climbing case count. 

Cases in the province have continued to climb. On Wednesday, B.C. announced a record high 762 new cases of COVID-19. Ten more people died of the virus.

Premier John Horgan said on Tuesday that travel restrictions in southwest B.C. would likely be extended and called on the federal government to restrict all non-essential travel between provinces.

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