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Number of new COVID-19 cases in BC surges to 716 | News

A FURTHER 683 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has said this evening.

It would be about two weeks before additional positive cases were reported across North Escambia.

The joint statement also included the news that three more people have died of the disease. The first positives in Walnut Hill and McDavid were reported April 6.

Officials have now recorded 2,994 cases of COVID-19 in the island region since the pandemic began. There have been a total of 4,628 deaths related to Covid-19 here to date.

The 5,573 active cases is the highest number of active cases since January 9.

Those high-risk British Columbians will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccines starting Monday, March 29. This pushes the known variant case total up to 1,581 in the province, the vast majority of which are the B.1.1.7 variant associated with the United Kingdom.

In an update Wednesday, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced another 716 diagnoses.

Shots are available across B.C. for people aged 76 or older, and Indigenous people over the age of 55.

The province also amended its orders on outdoor gatherings Tuesday to allow for small, outdoor religious services.

The order says worship services can include up to 50 people, as well as more people in vehicles.

There is a data discrepancy between Island Health and the province, based on the timing of COVID-19 results. Those attending in a vehicle must remain inside the vehicle during the service.

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