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Another 560 new COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. along with five deaths

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B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 capacity limits for indoor organized events will be lifted in many parts of the province starting Oct. 25. In order to attend those events, anyone 12 years of age and older will need to show proof of full vaccination – Oct 19, 2021

Another 560 cases of COVID-19 were reported in British Columbia on Tuesday, along with five additional deaths.

Of the new cases, 208 were in the Fraser Health region, 80 cases were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 79 were in the Interior Health region, 61 were in Island Health,  and 131 were in Northern Health. One new case involved someone who resides outside of Canada. Eight of the cases are epi-linked.

The five deaths — two in Fraser Health, two in Northern Health, and one in Island Health — bring B.C.’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,086.

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There are 382 people with COVID-19 in B.C. hospitals, an increase of 22 from Monday. Of those, 146 are in intensive care, a decrease of five.

There have been 198,838 cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since the start of the pandemic, 4,913 of which are active.

The province said 89.2 per cent of eligible people in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 83.5 per cent have received both doses.

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Earlier in the day, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that capacity limits for indoor and outdoor organized events will be lifted in much of B.C. on Oct. 25.

Henry said sporting events, indoor concerts, movie theatres, symphonies and other venues can go to 100 per cent capacity when proof of vaccination status is checked. The same is being allowed for weddings, funeral receptions and parties.

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Orders aimed at restricting the movement of people at restaurants will also be lifted.

Capacity limits of 50 per cent will remain in place in Fraser East and parts of Northern and Interior Health, areas with higher rates of COVID-19 transmission.

— With files from Richard Zussman and The Canadian Press

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