Too early to lift COVID-19 restrictions in BC: Dr. Henry

Marco Green
Февраля 27, 2021

The global case count reached 112 209 815 with a total of 2 490 776 deaths worldwide, the World Health Organization data showed.

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, it was 513 cases per day on February 23.

There were 59 new reported deaths Thursday. Ninety-five of those cases are of the B.1.1.7 variant originating in the United Kingdom and 21 are of the B.1.351 variant first found in South Africa.

Modeling data suggest that B.1.1.7 could become the predominant variant in the USA in March, according to the CDC.

She noted that case numbers are rising at a steeper right in particular communities, including the Fraser Health region and Northern Health region.

"To the many families mourning a loved one who passed away from COVID-19, we send you our deepest condolences", L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.

According to the report, there have been 2,144 total cases in the county, up two from Wednesday's total. There were 26 people in intensive care with COVID-19 on Thursday, including 16 people who are no longer infectious but still needed the critical care. The ministry also reported 65 998 more cases, bringing the national count to 10 390 461.

More than 92.5% of the 78,673 people who have been infected in B.C., or 72,781 individuals, are considered to have recovered because they have tested negative for the virus twice.

There were zero new reported deaths Thursday. The number of confirmed cases at the Brantford school now stands at seven. Since the pandemic started, 888 people have died from the disease.

The latest figures were revealed as more than 18.6 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the county as of Wednesday was 1,886, according to state figures released Thursday.

Dr. Henry said during her briefing on Thursday, the possibility of lifting restrictions as soon as March still exists.

France on Thursday confirmed 25 403 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections to 3 686 813. No deaths were reported on Vancouver Island, where the death toll has reached 24 since the pandemic began.

Overall, Henry said key factors include the reproductive number of the virus, BC's seven-day rolling average, scenarios where transmission is taking place, "and our ability to do the contact tracing to manage those cases".

With concerns that public health could be stretched thin as it was late past year, Henry admits a number of factors need to be taken into consideration before deciding whether public health orders can be eased or not. Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss possible changes to any new orders.

"We have tried all along here in keep as much open as we can safely and so keeping that balance means making sure we're following the safety plans".

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