COVID-19 in B.C.: Daily case count and hospitalizations fall

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      The pandemic still has the province in its grips, but today, there was some better news to report.

      There were no new deaths related to COVID-19. The provincewide total stands at 1,594 as a result of a data correction.

      The number of new cases, 572, was down 18 percent from yesterday's total of 697.

      Five fewer people are in hospital today—481 compared to 486 yesterday. And there are 12 fewer people in intensive care, with today's figure falling to 161.

      It's still a devastating health crisis with 6,877 active cases in B.C. Another 124,252 people have recovered from COVID-19.

      So far, 1.94 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have been administered across the province.

      “As more people become eligible and more vaccines are approved, we will continue to update our provincewide program, including integrating people 12 to 17 years old, now that the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine has been approved for use in this age group," Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement.

      The largest number of new cases, 362, occurred in Fraser Health, followed by 118 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health.

      These two regions cover the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, and Sea to Sky corridor.

      There were another 57 new cases in Interior Health, 22 in Island Health, and 13 in Northern Health.