Zero new cases, zero deaths in Northern Health Region, COVID-19 tensions taking toll in Tokyo

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region had zero new cases Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 32. …

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health Region had zero new cases Tuesday, dropping the active case count to 32.

There are two people in hospital, both are in critical care.

There were no deaths recorded Tuesday, keeping the regional total at 157.

Of the 7,811 confirmed cases since last March, 7,622 have since recovered.

There were 1,409 vaccine doses given since the last report, bringing the total number of doses given to 277,772. Of those, 113,250 are second doses.

British Columbia added 76 new cases Tuesday, moving the active case count to 692.

There are 50 people in hospital, 12 of whom are in critical care.

There were no COVID-19 deaths recorded Tuesday, keeping the total at 1,763.

Of the 148,563 confirmed cases in British Columbia, 146,099 have since recovered.

The province gave 60,328 vaccine doses since the last report, bringing the total number of doses given to 6,233,656. Of those, 2,521,162 are second doses.

The chief of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has not ruled out a possible last-minute cancellation of the Olympic Games.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday amid reports of athletes testing positive for COVID-19, Toshiro Muto said he would evaluate infection numbers and discuss with other organizers.

“We can’t predict what will happen with the number of coronavirus cases. So we will continue discussions if there is a spike in cases,” said Muto.

“We have agreed that based on the coronavirus situation, we will convene five-party talks again. At this point, the coronavirus cases may rise or fall, so we will think about what we should do when the situation arises.”

Major sponsors have backed out of plans to attend the opening ceremony, and spectators are not permitted in competition venues.

There have been 67 cases of COVID-19 among accredited personnel since July 1st, organizers said on Tuesday.

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