VICTORIA — British Columbia recorded 375 more cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as vaccination numbers rise, including among children. 

The province’s health ministry says 84.8 per cent of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 81.7 per cent have had their second shot.

The new cases bring the total number of people infected to 218,801 since the pandemic, with 2,936 active cases.

B.C. also recorded seven more deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,340.

The province says people not fully vaccinated continue to account for more than half of B.C.’s cases and 68 per cent of hospitalizations.

B.C. announced Tuesday that it had identified its first case of the Omicron variant, and was awaiting test results for more than 200 others who had returned from southern African countries where the variant is spreading. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2021.

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