National COVID-19: Eight new cases and four recoveries

B.C. reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

B.C. reports fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

British Columbia health officials announced on Monday there have been 708 new test-positive COVID-19 cases since Friday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 144,289.

The only active outbreak at a B.C. hospital is at Richmond Hospital in Richmond.

The progress recently paved the way for the government to loosen several of its COVID-19 restrictions, but provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix have stressed that the situation must continue to improve before more orders are lifted or relaxed.

The number of people actively battling COVID-19 infections fell for the 27th consecutive data update, and now sits at 2,800 - a level not seen since October 30. "New strains are circulating and outbreaks are still occurring in schools, in hospitals, in long-term care and in our communities", Henry said. There are 14 people in hospital and eight in critical care.

However, she says, more second doses will be available sooner than expected as extra shipments of vaccine are due to arrive next month and beyond.

A man in his 30s who lives in the Island Health region developed the blood clot, known as vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

'We always knew that this was happening': Kamloops residential school survivor
He asked the federal government to work with Indigenous groups on researching the fates of missing children. In 2018, Pope Francis rejected a direct appeal for an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

They referred to Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) declaring earlier today that those who have had the AstraZeneca vaccine are eligible to choose to get an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for their second dose.

Henry kicked off Monday's press conference by addressing the news that the remains of up to 215 children are believed to have been found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

According to B.C.'s top doctor, one person who died was in their 40s, two people were in their 60s, six people were in their 70s and two people were over 80.

The second dose total is now 191,222.

He is the third person in B.C.to develop the disorder.

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