Active COVID-19 infections in B.C. tick up to 695 over the weekend

VICTORIA — British Columbia reported 267 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday that were diagnosed over the previous three days, for an average of 89 new infections per day.

A statement from the Health Ministry says 695 cases were active across the province, up from 603 at the last update on Friday.

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One more person has died from COVID-19 in the Northern Health region, pushing B.C.'s death toll from the illness to 1,768.

There were 43 people in hospital, including 17 in intensive care.

The majority of the latest infections were diagnosed in the Interior Health region, where 342 or nearly half of B.C.'s active cases were located.

The province says 80.6 per cent of eligible B.C. residents aged 12 and up have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 61.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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