COVID-19 on Vancouver Island

B.C. enters step one of a four step restart plan

B.C. enters step one of a four step restart plan

The number of daily new COVID-19 cases continues to drop in B.C., with 250 recorded in the last 24 hours, the lowest daily total since late October.

Elsewhere in the province, there were nine new cases in Island Health, 40 in Interior Health and eight in Northern Health.

There are 296 people in the hospital, 97 of whom are in the ICU.

The province is inching closer towards its vaccination goals for the summer, as now over 2.9 million doses have been administered.

"As immunization is the foundation of our approach, it's crucial to our success that we all get registered and vaccinated", reads a joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Personal gatherings of up to 10 people outdoors and five people indoors, and seated organized indoor gatherings of up to 10 indoors or 50 outdoors are permitted in step.

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Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s strong immunization rate allows the province to slowly bring people back together, with September 7 a target date for the final phase of the plan to be implemented.

The province plans to ease health restrictions in four phases, the first of which began Tuesday.

The Lower Mainland remains the focal point of the pandemic in B.C., with the majority of Wednesday's cases found in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions.

Indoor and outdoor sport spectator increases, and a return of normal sports competition is planned.

This story is developing and will be updated. Check back for updates.

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