BC health officials to provide COVID-19 update after record-high deaths

Dec 1 2020, 4:44 pm

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to provide a COVID-19 update on Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement comes following a three-day record high of test-positive coronavirus cases, as well as deaths.

During a press conference on Monday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 750 cases reported from Friday to Saturday, 731 from Saturday to Sunday, and 596 from Sunday to Monday, for a total of 2,364 new cases.

There were also 46 more deaths over the weekend – the highest recorded number in the province over three days, bringing the death toll to 441.

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix says that this broke down to 15 deaths between Friday and Saturday, 17 deaths between Saturday and Sunday, and 14 deaths from Sunday to Monday.

By health region, 35 of the deaths were in Fraser Health, while 11 were in Vancouver Coastal Health.

There are currently 8,855 active cases in the province, and 10,139 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

The federal government also announced an ambitious pandemic recovery plan on Monday, which contains about $100 billion of spending that could push the country’s deficit to more than $381 billion.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gave an economic update Monday where she outlined where the money will be spent, calling it the largest federal relief package since the Second World War.

“These measures are targeted and flexible,” she said. “They are most generous to those in greatest need.”

BC’s COVID-19 update is expected to be released this afternoon.

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