COVID-19 on Vancouver Island: B.C

Lawrence Kim
April 21, 2021

The province is cracking down hard on travellers as COVID-19 cases continue to mount.

The province insists it's not targeting people of colour or daily commuters, but is instead looking to punish people travelling across health regions for recreation, and has suggested road blocks may be set up on Highway 1 leaving Metro Vancouver and at BC Ferries' terminals. Of that total, 403 cases are now considered active.

A total of 456 people are in hospital, with 148 in intensive care - both record highs. The death was not reported in the Island Health region, where 33 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

On Monday, the B.C. government said the province had 2,960 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday along with eight more deaths as COVID-19 claimed its youngest victim in the province, a two-year-old child who died in hospital.

Active cases BC-wide dropped to 9,145, down around 200 from Monday's tally. The outbreak at Long Lake Chateau in Nanaimo has been declared over.

"Most British Columbians know they have a part to play in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 and I am sure they will adhere to the new rules and stay in their region", Farnworth says in a written statement.

There are now 6,179 cases of COVID-19 that are confirmed variants of concern in the province. Of that total, 163 cases are now considered active.

Bonnie Henry says that infant had underlying health issues but says COVID-19 was the reason for their passing.

Meanwhile, the province's temporary restrictions on indoor dining and indoor group fitness classes, which were announced in March, have been extended until May.

The formal order is expected on Friday and will last through the May long weekend.

However, the province is prepared to bring in a public health order banning all non-essential travel if people do not voluntarily follow the restrictions to reduce the burden on overwhelmed hospital staff, Horgan said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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