VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region added 34 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, raising the active case count to 340.

There were 42 cases from Friday to Saturday, 30 cases from Saturday to Sunday and 34 cases from Sunday to Monday.

There are 30 people in hospital, 12 of whom are in ICU.

The region had no COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, keeping the total at 120.

There have been 5,898 confirmed cases and 5,432 of those have since recovered in the Northern Health Region.

British Columbia added 2,518 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, raising the active case count to 6,902.

There were 936 cases from Friday to Saturday, 805 cases from Saturday to Sunday and 777 cases from Sunday to Monday.

There are 299 people in hospital, 79 of whom are in Critical Care.

The province added six COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,455.

Since last spring, there have been 98,195 confirmed cases, 89,722 of those have since recovered.

Provincial health officials announced the suspension of indoor activities as a result of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Effective at midnight, restaurants cannot serve dine-in customers, fitness centres must suspend all group fitness activities, and indoor religious services have been shut down.

The order extends until April 19th.

Due to a small number of “signals” detected in young people in Europe who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, Canada will suspend the use of the vaccine for people under the age of 55.

Reports from Europe indicate a rare instance of “vaccine-induced pro-thrombotic immune thrombocytopenia“, leading to Dr. Henry’s suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Masks are now required for all students in British Columbia in grades four and up.

Masks are still recommended for Kindergarten to grade three students, but it is not mandatory.

The British Columbia Teachers Union tweeted that this was a good start, but more safety measures are needed for teachers.