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COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in B.C. as province won’t mention a sixth wave

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The number of people in British Columbia in hospital with COVID-19 has risen to 321, up 47 people from when the province last provided the data.

The increase since Friday is part of a trend where hospitalizations have ticked up over the last week after nearly two months of declines.

There are currently 36 people in intensive care with the virus, up one from last week.

The province did not provide an update on the number of deaths Monday, saying that will be part of the new weekly report, which starts on Thursday, April 7.

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There are 728 new test positive cases since Friday, including 274 cases Friday, 199 cases on Saturday and 255 new cases on Sunday.

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Health Minister Adrian Dix was asked on Monday whether the province is in the sixth wave of COVID spread.

Dix did not classify B.C.’s situation as a sixth wave, something both Ontario and Quebec have already done.

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The province’s independent modelling group has described British Columbia as already being in the sixth wave.

“We have seen the prevalence of COVID-19 down and there has been a slight rebound recently. We are in a pandemic and the public response changes over time,” Dix said.

“The message is get vaccinated. The second message is get vaccinated. Now is the time to book your booster dose.”

As of Monday, 90.9 per cent (4,529,623) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 87.4 per cent (4,357,946) have received their second dose.

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In addition, 93.5 per cent (4,332,849) of eligible people 12 and older have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 91.1 per cent (4,222,535) received their second dose and 57.7 per cent (2,675,686) have received a third dose.

Also, 93.8 per cent (4,057,726) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 91.5 per cent (3,957,573) received their second dose and 59.5 per cent (2,571,726) have received a third dose.

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