British Columbia health officials have reported 716 new cases, including 71 variant cases, and three deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The number of confirmed cases in B.C. climbs to 93,969 while the province’s death toll now stands at 1,441.
Of the new cases, 230 were recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 383 were in Fraser Health, 21 in Island Health, 38 in Interior Health, and 42 in Northern Health.
There are currently 5,573 active cases in the province, 303 people in hospital — 85 of whom are in intensive care — and 9,696 people under active public health monitoring due to possible exposure to an identified case.
A total of 86,857 people in B.C. have recovered from COVID-19 while 582,634 doses of vaccine have been administered province-wide.
When it comes to variant cases, B.C. has reported 1,397 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 44 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 140 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
There are currently 148 active variant cases across the province while five deaths have been linked to the U.K. variant, according to information provided from the Ministry of Health to CHEK News last week.
Today’s numbers were released by health officials as a statement to the media.
According to the latest information posted on the BCCDC‘s dashboard, 256 active cases on Vancouver Island.
Fourteen people are in hospital, two of whom are in critical care.
A total of 744 tests for COVID-19 performed in the region over the past 24 hours.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 2,996 cases, 28 deaths and 2,707 recoveries in the Island Health region.
Meanwhile, Island Health reported 222 active cases on Vancouver Island in its latest dashboard update.
Of those active cases, 98 are in the South Island, 107 are in Central Island, and 17 are in the North Island.
Island Health’s data often lags behind the BCCDC’s data due to a “difference in timing of reporting across laboratory and public health data sources.”
Nationally, there have been 946,370 cases of COVID-19 reported.
Ontario has reported 333,690 cases, the most in Canada, followed by Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.
A total of 22,759 people have died in Canada from the virus, with nearly half of all deaths occurring in Quebec.
Of the nearly 950,000 cases reported in Canada, slightly more than 24,000 have been identified on First Nations reserves.
Globally, there have been 123.9 million cases and 2.7 million deaths reported, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization.