COVID-19: BC Reports 789 New Cases, 3 Deaths as Omicron Count Jumps to 302 | The Canadian News

British Columbia’s December COVID-19 surge continued on Friday, with the province reporting another 789 cases, along with three more deaths.

The update raised BC’s seven-day moving average for new cases to 539, the highest since Nov. 1, and left the province with 4,313 active cases.

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The number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant more than doubled overnight to 302, up from 135 on Thursday.

Early Friday, the province implemented sweeping new restrictions in an attempt to control the increase in the number of cases.

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The Lower Continent continued to drive transmission, with 286 new cases in the highly vaccinated Vancouver Coastal Health region and 186 in the Fraser Health region.

There were 131 new cases in the Salud Interior region, 147 in the Salud de la Isla region, and 39 in the Salud del Norte region.

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There were 191 active cases at the hospital, including 74 COVID-19 patients in critical or intensive care.

More than 4.3 million British Columbia residents, 86.9 percent of those eligible and 84.1 percent of the British Columbia population, have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Of these, more than 4.1 million people, 82.5% of those eligible and 79.9% of the British Columbia population have received two doses.

Another 687,413 people, just over 13 percent of British Columbia’s population, have received a booster dose.

The province says that people who were not fully vaccinated accounted for 42.8 percent of cases in the past week and 71.6 percent of hospitalizations in the past two weeks.

Since the start of the pandemic, BC has reported a total of 225,785 cases and 2,399 people with COVID-19 have died.

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