Another daily case record has been broken in British Columbia, with nearly 3,000 people recently confirmed to have COVID-19 in a 24-hour period.
The update was announced by the province’s top doctor during a news conference on Wednesday.
Dr Bonnie Henry said 2,944 cases have been added to the provincial tally, a record based on figures released by the province so far. However, the numbers provided earlier this month were “preliminary” and a final count expected later in the day will confirm whether the latest number was higher than the number recorded over the weekend.
Active cases, total cases not provided in the last two updates on the spread of the disease, now stand at 16,014 – a record also in BC
The records come as BC struggles with his ability to test. Last week, provincial health officials changed the criteria for COVID-19 tests, as laboratories and testing centers were unable to meet demand.
Currently, only people who have not been vaccinated, are at higher risk or have more severe symptoms are asked to undergo a PCR test. Others may be able to find out if they have the disease through rapid testing, but those tests are also difficult to access.
Instead, Henry previously said that people with mild symptoms should essentially assume they have COVID-19, even without confirmation through testing, and self-isolate.
According to Henry, 193 patients in the hospital are currently believed to have infections, and 66 of them are being treated in the critical care unit.
Five people have died in the last five reporting periods of the novel coronavirus. A total of 2,419 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic.
CTVNewsVancouver.ca is broadcasting the news conference live.
This is a developing story. More information to come.