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With the highest number of new cases and patients hospitalized because of COVID-19, B.C. has marked the worst day of the pandemic so far.

Of the new cases confirmed on Friday, more than half involved residents in either Toronto (494 new cases) or Peel (517).

On Thursday afternoon, BC Premier John Horgan also explained that he's never opposed any guidance from BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, stressing his relationship with top health officials is based on collaboration and trust.

And another 294 people are in hospital, 64 of whom are being treated in intensive care.

At three per cent growth, we will see 4,500 daily COVID-19 cases while at five per cent, the province will hit 9,000 cases by the end of December.

Twenty new deaths were reported in addition to the cases.

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There are now 7,899 active cases of the coronavirus in B.C., which is also a record high.

According to the province's epidemiology report, 13 of the 20 deaths were people living in long-term care homes.

Twenty people have died in Ontario the past 24 hours as a result of the COVID-19.

Hamilton also saw a spike with 82 cases. Vancouver Coastal Health recorded 168 cases in that time.

The province is reporting 1,855 new cases today, a significant increase from yesterday's 1,478. There were only 706 cases that day.

The latest data were released shortly after the province announced it is starting voluntary COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff in regions with high rates of transmission.

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