B.C. reports three deaths, 671 new cases of COVID-19

VICTORIA — British Columbia has reported 671 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths.

The Ministry of Health said on Friday that 5,872 infections were active across the province, with about 33 per cent located in the Interior Health region, nearly 29 per cent in Fraser Health and 18 per cent in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

There were 595 active cases in the Northern Health region, where the provincial health officer is reinstating restrictions on social gatherings starting Tuesday.

Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday that indoor gatherings will be limited to one other family or five guests, while outdoor gatherings will be capped at 50 people in the region.

Fraser Health has declared an outbreak at White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital.

There were outbreaks at two other hospitals and at 18 assisted living and long-term care facilities.

The province says 77.1 per cent of eligible B.C. residents have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 84.8 per cent have had their first shot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 3, 2021.

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