COVID-19 case counts in B.C. fall to levels not seen since October, vaccinations up

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VICTORIA — Health officials in British Columbia say the province has a strong COVID-19 immunization rate at 74.5 per cent of all adults for their first dose of a vaccine.

It comes as the infection rate drops to 148 new cases, a level not seen since last October.

There have been three more deaths for a total of 1,725 fatalities since the pandemic began.

A joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says vaccination clinics are operating at a high capacity and health authorities are taking vaccines out into the community to accelerate immunizations.

The statement says as the province progresses towards step two of its restart plan, residents can be assured they're on the right path as more people get vaccinated.

The next step would start June 15 at the earliest, and would allow for up to 50 people to gather together, lift provincial travel restrictions, and allow liquor to be served until midnight at pubs and restaurants and indoor high-intensity group exercise to resume.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2021.

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