COVID numbers continue to climb as B.C. records 698 new cases – CBC

There are 139 people in hospital with the disease, 75 of whom are in intensive care

Aug 25, 2021

B.C. health officials announced 698 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death on Wednesday, with the 7-day rolling average of new cases reaching its highest point since May 10.

In a written statement, the provincial Ministry of Health said there are currently 5,356 active cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A total of 139 people are in hospital. Of those, 75 are in intensive care, up from 53 a week ago.

Overall hospitalizations, which typically lag behind spikes and dips in new cases, are up by 29 per cent from last Wednesday, when 107 people were in hospital with the disease.

The provincial death toll from COVID-19 is now 1,802 lives lost out of 161,969 confirmed cases to date.

As of Wednesday, 83.5 per cent of those 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75.4 per cent a second dose.

So far, 7.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, including more than 3.4 million second doses.

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