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South African variant: the second domestic case detected in British Columbia

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South African variant: the second domestic case detected in British Columbia

Officials have also confirmed the first case of the South African variant in BC.

The province of Ontario says there are 3,326 new cases of COVID-19 in the province and 62 more deaths linked to the virus.

Since we last reported, we have had 102 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 253 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 21 in the Island Health region, 115 in the Interior Health region, 45 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

The number of active cases in the province also dropped again, to 4,624, the lowest it's been since November 8.

The province had administered 107,365 doses as of Tuesday.

"Please be patient", she said.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 968 of those new cases are in Toronto, 572 in Peel Region and 357 in York Region. "We're seeing transmission in small clusters that is moving through communities".

Almost half of the new cases-253-were in the Fraser Health region.

A total of 362 people are in hospital, 74 of whom are in intensive care. Almost 70,000 people have received a vaccine dose.

That brings the total number of cases in B.C.to 60,117 - 53,115 people have recovered.

The death toll from the disease now sits at 1,038 in British Columbia.

Both Alberta and Saskatchewan have COVID case counts numbering over 300 cases per 100,000 population, whereas B.C.is around 126 cases per 100,000.

Currently, 7,303 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases and a further 52,605 people who tested positive have recovered.

"It's hard to see how that is feasible in British Columbia, for many reasons", she said.

Henry noted there are many services and workplaces that involve people travelling between provinces.

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