VICTORIA, B.C – The Northern Health Region recorded 51 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total active cases to 487.

In the region, there are 17 people in the Intensive Care Unit, and 43 people in the hospital.

There were five deaths recorded, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 66.

As of Jan. 28th, 2,753 people have recovered, or 83 per cent of the total 3,334 cases in the Northern Health Region.

According to University of Oxford’s Our World in Data, Canada is ranked 20th in the world in Covid 19 vaccinations per capita, as supplies of the Pfizer vaccine are pinched off.

Canada even sits behind middle-income countries like Poland and Serbia in terms of per capita vaccinations.

While Canada is way behind other developed nations, there have been more shots given here than in France or Japan.

Japan, however, is planning to produce 90 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine domestically.

In France, a patient needs to consult with a doctor before they get shot, causing a slowdown in the vaccine program rollout.

Canada’s closest neighbour and ally, the United States, has vaccinated 3 times more people per capita than Canada.

Across the province, 546 new cases were recorded, bringing the provincial active case total to 4,455.

Out of 291 hospitalized patients in British Columbia, 75 are occupying critical care beds.

A total of 1,184 COVID-19 deaths have occurred since the start of the pandemic.

The total case count for British Columbia is 66,265. Of those, 59,141, or 89 per cent have recovered.