Health officials in B.C. have reported 1,889 new cases since their last update on Saturday. There have also been 23 new deaths since April 1, the province said Monday.
From Saturday to Sunday, the province saw 999 cases, and from Sunday to Monday another 890 cases were reported.
The case update follows two record-breaking days for the province.
In a rare Saturday update, B.C. health officials reported 2,090 new cases of COVID-19 for the 48-hour period prior — including 147 new cases in Island Health — since their last update on April 1.
Between April 1 to April 2, a total of 1,074 cases were identified in the province, which would have been a single-day high but from April 2 to April 3, an additional 1,077 new cases were identified — the most ever recorded in a single day. Those numbers were initially reported as lower, but were provisional at the time, the province said.
Prior to Saturday’s update, the most cases ever reported in a 24-hour period by health officials was 1,013 new cases on March 31.
The four-day case count amounts to 4,040 new cases, for a total of 104,061 since the pandemic began. With the 23 additional deaths reported since April 1, the province’s death toll is now 1,486.
Of the new cases recorded since Saturday, 579 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 986 were in Fraser Health, 100 in Island Health, 129 in Interior Health, and 95 in Northern Health.
There are currently 8,490 active cases in the province. Active cases have increased 12 per cent since April 1, the province said.
There are 318 people in hospital — 96 of whom are in intensive care — and 11,989 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
A total of 94,806 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 893,590 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
There have been 916 new confirmed variants of concern overall since April 1, for a total of 3,559 cases. That includes 2,7771 cases of the B.1.1.7, or U.K. variant, and 51 cases of the B.1.351 variant linked to South Africa.
Cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil have risen sharply, with 737 cases reported since the variant was first detected in B.C.
The vast majority of the strain has been detected in B.C., and some health experts say it’s likely to result in more serious outcomes in young people, but data is still preliminary.
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