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B.C. reports 625 new cases of COVID-19, eight new deaths

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British Columbia health officials reported 625 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths on Wednesday.

In a written statement, officials said it brought the province’s death toll to 962 people.

Most of the new cases were in the Fraser Health region (305) and Vancouver Coastal Health region (178).

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There were 28 cases in the Island Health region, 71 in the Interior Health region and 43 in the Northern Health region.

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There were 6,343 active cases in the province, while an additional 8,719 people were in isolation due to exposure.

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Officials reported 381 people in hospital, 78 of whom were in critical or intensive care.

There were two new health-care outbreaks, one at Chilliwack General Hospital and one at the Sunnybank Retirement Home in Oliver.

About 85 per cent of B.C.’s 54,826 cases have recovered.

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