Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon.
The announcement will be the first live update since December 23 and is expected to include five reporting periods spanning from December 25 to 29.
BC’s last update, which occurred on December 24, included 582 new test-positive coronavirus cases and a provincially recorded total of 48,609.
At the time of the last update, there were 8,865 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, as well as 341 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 and 78 in intensive care. Additionally, 9,732 people were under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.
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On December 27, health officials also confirmed that the first case of the COVID-19 variant from the UK had been detected in the province.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and BC Health Minister Adrian Dix explained that the person lives on Vancouver Island and “returned to BC from the UK on flight AC855 on December 15.”
They “developed symptoms while in quarantine” and were tested, resulting in a positive diagnosis.
The COVID-19 variant from the UK has since been detected in Ontario and most recently Alberta and Quebec.
Tuesday’s update is expected to begin at approximately 3 pm and can be streamed online.