Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the coronavirus situation in B.C. for March 25, 2022.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
Here are the latest figures given on March 25:
• Total number of confirmed cases: 355,092
• New cases: 218
• Total deaths: 2,983 (two in the past 24 hours)
• Hospitalized cases: 260
• Intensive care: 50
• Total vaccinations: 4,526,941 received first dose (90.8% of eligible pop. 5+); 4,344,849 second doses (87.2%); 2,654,589 third doses (57.3% of those 12+)
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: Seven
IN-DEPTH: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020
B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS
• COVID-19: B.C.’s vaccine passport is here and this is how it works
• COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated
• COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver
LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.
218 new cases reported Friday, two more deaths
Interior Health reported the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 across the province Friday, with 80 new cases.
Provincewide, there were 218 new cases of the virus reported on Friday, including 47 in Island Health, 45 in Fraser Health, 28 in Vancouver Coastal Health and 18 in Northern Health.
There were two more deaths, one in Vancouver Coastal Health and one in Northern Health, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths up to 2,983.
The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 is 260, including 50 in intensive care.
— Cayley Dobie
Six deaths reported Thursday, ICU admissions climb again
B.C. health officials reported six deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday as the number of people in intensive care also edged up.
There have now been 2,981 deaths from the virus since the start of the pandemic a little over two years ago.
Another 271 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the past day, though that number understates the prevalence of the virus due to limited PCR testing.
The number of people in hospital was relatively stable at 255, with 52 of them in ICU. That’s up from 49 a day earlier.
— Joseph Ruttle
Quebec Premier Legault tests positive for COVID-19
Quebec Premier François Legault has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a tweet, Legault said he started experiencing symptoms Thursday afternoon and took a test that revealed he was infected. He said he feels fine and will continue to work at a distance for the next five days in conformity with public health directives.
“We see with the rise in cases lately that the virus is present in Quebec,” Legault said. “Let’s continue to be prudent. We will get through this together.”
Read the full story here.
— Montreal Gazette
Germany’s health minister on Friday urged people over age 60 with risk factors such as high blood pressure or a weak heart to get a second booster shot against COVID-19 to reduce their risk of getting seriously ill.
Karl Lauterbach said he had asked the STIKO vaccine authority to adjust its current recommendation for a second booster to include a bigger group of people.
Only 10 per cent of the people for whom a fourth vaccination is currently recommended have received it so far, the minister said.
DEATHS BY HEALTH AUTHORITY
WHAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS CANADA
LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information
Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.
–with files from The Canadian Press