B.C. breaks previous day's COVID-19 record by more than 1,400

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VICTORIA — British Columbia is reporting a daily record of 4,383 COVID-19 cases, shattering the previous record of 2,944 set a day earlier.

The Health Ministry says in a news release there were 17,357 active case across the province on Thursday and one more person has died.

Hospitalizations rose to 211, with 66 people in intensive care.

There have been 2,825 cases of the Omicron variant confirmed in B.C.

The ministry also confirmed six new health-care facility outbreaks, including one at Mission Memorial Hospital, bringing the total facilities dealing with ongoing outbreaks to 13.

The release says 82.9 per cent of eligible people five and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 19.1 per cent of those 12 and older have received a third dose.

British Columbia has recorded 251,054 cases of COVID-19 and 2,420 deaths to date.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 30, 2021.

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