VICTORIA, B.C. – The Northern Health region added 23 cases Tuesday, moving the active case count to 186.

There are ten people in hospital, five of whom are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death Tuesday, raising the regional total to 272.

Out of 18,308 cases, 17,839 have recovered.

Another 485 vaccine doses were given Tuesday, moving the total dose count to 416,799. Of those, 185,516 are second doses and 29,608 are other doses.

British Columbia added 1,308 cases Tuesday, raising the active case count to 6,348.

There are 192 people in hospital, 76 of whom are in critical care.

There was one COVID-19 death across the province Tuesday, raising the total to 2,403.

Since last spring, 229,643 cases have been recorded, 220,741 of those have since recovered.

The province gave 25,516 vaccine doses Tuesday, bringing the total dose count to 9,190,914. Of those, 4,103,124 are second doses and 744,898 are other doses.

As of Tuesday, 87.5 per cent of eligible residents five and older have received their first dose, and 82.7 per cent have both doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine.

British Columbia health officials announced more restrictions on Tuesday afternoon.

The new restrictions, according to the Province, are intended to buy time so that health officials can learn more about Omicron, and ensure more of the population has time to get a booster dose.

The following are new public health orders that will take effect on December 22nd at midnight until January 18th:

Health Minister Adrian Dix explained the details of B.C.’s plan to ramp up the COVID-19 booster shot campaign.

So far, over 725,000 booster or third doses have been given as well as 101,266 pediatric vaccines.

The province is operating at 35 per cent higher capacity than previously planned. This is done through the use of pharmacies and health authority clinics.

A clinic at the Vancouver Convention Centre will have a capacity potential of 130,000 doses in January, starting January 5th.