BC reports infant death due to COVID-19

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"This is, of course, the youngest death that we have had tragically in our province from COVID-19", she said, declining to share any further information for privacy reasons.

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, says the high transmissibility of variants of concern is leading to very worrying situations in hospitals.

From Friday to Saturday B.C. had 881 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, from Saturday to Sunday there were an additional 847 new cases, and in the last 24 hours 763 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed raising the total to 2,491 new cases diagnosed over the weekend and 126,249 since the start of the pandemic.

Of the new deaths, Henry said two of the people were 90 years of age or over.

Previously, the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in B.C. was a toddler under the age of two whose death was announced just last week.

"So far we're not seeing that happen here, but we will continue to pay attention", Henry said, urging people to seek medical care if they need it.

The baby was being treated in hospital in January and the BC Coroners Service has since determined COVID-19 was a factor in the death, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told a news briefing on Monday.

Of the several hundred deaths since last March investigated in this way, only a small number have been connected to COVID-19.

A recent coroner's investigation has confirmed the cause, she added.

In all, the province noted that more than 1.63 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in B.C., 89,500 of which are second doses.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s updated data, with the addition of 3,876 cases, the COVID-19 tally increased to 6,31,527, while the death toll jumped to 12,853.

He added that the second wave the country is facing is "more furious" than expected, which has been the trend worldwide, and appealed to people to adhere to COVID-19 norms strictly even after current restrictions in the state are relaxed.

In 15 out of 36 districts in Maharashtra, the number of people getting discharged is much higher than patients getting admitted in hospital for Covid- 19, which is a "satisfactory and comforting indication", state medical education minister Amit Deshmukh said here on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mumbai continued to see a dip in daily cases, with 5,498 fresh cases on Sunday.

"It will be a time before we can get to that place where all of us can let our guard down", she said.

"We need to keep in mind to be kind to each other, to stay calm, even though it is challenging, and to stay safe".

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