Health officials in British Columbia are scheduled to give a live COVID-19 update on Monday afternoon.
The announcement will include several reporting periods. It follows a total of 508 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 63,484.
There are currently 4,479 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Additionally, there are 315 individuals currently hospitalized with the virus, 74 of whom are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.
A reported 6,719 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases, and there have been nine new COVID-19-related deaths. To date, there have been 1,128 deaths in BC.
A total of 56,455 people who tested positive have now recovered from the virus, and to date, 110,566 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in BC – 2,202 of which are second doses.
Monday’s update is scheduled to begin at 3 pm and can be streamed online.
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January 25, 2021 marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Canada.
Over a year ago, on January 23, Patient Zero, a man in his 50s, was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital with a fever and respiratory symptoms.
On Saturday, January 25, 2020, tests confirmed that the man, who had recently returned from Wuhan, China, had contracted the Coronavirus – which is what the virus was known as at the time.
In the 365 days since, Canada has recorded 747,383 COVID-19 cases and 19,094 virus-related deaths.
Over the past months, new faster-spreading virus variants have emerged, further threatening strained healthcare systems. As of January 22, Canada has seen 31 cases of the mutation first discovered in the UK variant, and three cases of the South African variant.