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B.C. reports another 698 COVID-19 cases and one new death, vaccine bookings climb

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A new Public Health Order is once again making mask use mandatory in all indoor public spaces. Aaron McArthur reports – Aug 24, 2021

COVID-19 transmission showed no sign of slowing down in British Columbia on Wednesday, as the province reported 698 new cases and one additional death.

It lifted the seven-day average for new cases to 629, the highest it has been since May 10.

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Of the new cases, 203 were in the Fraser Health region, 129 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 252 were in the Interior Health region, 45 were in the Northern Health region and 69 were in the Island Healht region.

The number of active cases in B.C. edged downward to 5,356.

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There were 139 people in hospital, an overnight increase of one, with 75 people in intensive care.

More than 3.86 million British Columbians — 83.5 per cent of those eligible and 75.1 per cent of B.C.’s population — has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 3.49 million people — 75.4 per cent of those eligible and 67.8 per cent of B.C.’s population — have been fully immunized.

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The province says since its announcement of a “vaccine passport” program on Monday, it’s recorded a “significant increase” in registrations and bookings for first doses.

Bookings Monday were up 88.6 per cent over the same day a week prior, and Tuesday were up 124.4 per cent over the week prior.

Starting on Sept. 13, proof of one dose of COVID-19 will be required to enter a variety of public places, including restaurants, concerts and sporting events. As of Oct. 24, people will need to show proof of two doses.

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More than 8,000 people got a first dose between Tuesday and Wednesday, up from about 5,000 the day prior and more than double the 3,959 who got their first shot in the same period last week.

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The province says from Aug. 10 to Aug. 23, 83.3 per cent of new cases and 85 per cent of hospitalizations were among people who were not fully vaccinated.

The update came as the province reimplemented a province-wide requirement for people to wear masks in all indoor public places on Wednesday.

Since the start of the pandemic, B.C. has reported 161,969 total cases, while 1,802 people have died.

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