National COVID-19: Eight new cases and four recoveries

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As more and more British Columbians are vaccinated, the daily count of new COVID-19 cases continues to drop.

Broken down by health region, this equates to 140 new cases in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 494 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 18 new cases in the Island Health region, 113 new cases in the Interior Health region, 42 new cases in the Northern Health region, and one new case of a person who resides outside of Canada.

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

"NACI confirmed the safety and effectiveness of interchanging vaccines and reaffirmed the recommendation to prioritize second doses for those at highest risk of severe illness and death", Henry and Dix said. "Let's keep moving forward", Henry and Dix said in a joint written statement.

There are also 34 people in ICU with Covid-19 and a further 89 people in hospital with the virus.

A total of 139,899 people are considered fully recovered from COVID-19, or 97 per cent of all recorded cases. There are 254 patients in hospital and 80 in intensive care.

Long-term care homes have seen some rapid transmission of the virus because not all residents have received a second shot and neither have visitors, so restrictions can not be fully lifted in the facilities where people are in close contact, Henry says. Henry says he is now recovering in hospital.

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Henry said she will provide more information on Thursday about second doses for people who have received a first shot of AstraZeneca.

Total recoveries stand at 30,543, while total cases registered stand at 30,054.

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

To date, a total of 1,538,504 doses of the vaccine have been administered statewide.

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.

"This latest guidance will help inform the approach we take here in B.C. for those who received the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine".

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