BC health officials to give live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon

Jan 14 2021, 8:38 am

Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon.

The announcement follows 519 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the province on Wednesday, bringing the provincially recorded total to 59,072.

There are currently 4,810 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 360 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 76 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

7,260 people are under active public health monitoring due to identified exposure to known cases, and there have been 12 new virus-related deaths. To date, there have been 1,031 deaths in BC.

A total of 51,893 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered.

Health officials in British Columbia have revealed how many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine they expect to receive in the coming months.

“The next phase of our efforts will see a significant and really massive scaling up of our vaccination efforts,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said during a conference. “It will be the largest vaccination effort in BC history.”

The most notable increases will be seen between April and June, with BC expected to receive a total of 2.64 million vaccine doses from both Pfizer and Moderna.

Early indications between July and September also show just under 6 million doses arriving in the province.

These numbers don’t include the additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 that were purchased by Canada earlier this week. It also doesn’t include vaccines that have yet to be approved by Health Canada, such as the AstraZeneca or the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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