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VICTORIA, B.C. – There were 38 new cases recorded in The Northern Health Region on Tuesday, bringing the total active case count to 511.

There are 16 people in ICU beds out of 46 currently hospitalized.

There have been 61 confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the Northern Health Region since recording began.

Today, 208 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were given, bringing the total number of doses given to 3,347.

Across BC, there are 407 new cases of Covid-19 reported today, and the active case count is 4,260

Out of 313 British Columbians in hospital, 71 are in the Intensive Care Unit.

There were 14 deaths recorded today, bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 1,168.

Since the beginning of the vaccination program, 119,850 doses have been given in BC. Of those, 4,105 are second doses.

 

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said today in her Covid-19 response briefing that the number of new daily cases is much higher than she wants it to be.

“We are asking for everyone’s help to bend our curve back down. This is especially critical with the presence of variant viruses in our province.”

“We are at a precipice. The virus continues to circulate in our communities. We are at the threshold of where we were in late October and November when cases started escalating.”

Dr. Henry is optimistic about the next two weeks, pleading with British Columbians to do their part.

“I believe we can bend our curve. Not just plateau, but bend it back down. More than you’ve ever done before, stay home, stop social interactions.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that he will be announcing new pandemic measures for travel. Any Canadians who have travel plans should cancel them.

He said the federal government is working carefully and diligently on the new plan, and he will have more to say in the coming days.

Currently there is a ban on non-essential travel into the country by non-Canadians.

Canadian citizens on the other hand, have no rules against leaving or returning to the country.

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