Published: Mon, November 23, 2020
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B.C. reporting 516 new COVID-19 cases; 31 in Interior Health

B.C. reporting 516 new COVID-19 cases; 31 in Interior Health

While those were previously in place for just the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions, they were expanded to the rest of the province.

There are 7,122 active cases with 227 people in hospital of whom 57 of whom are in intensive care.

As of Thursday, the Island Health region has recorded 429 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, 118 of which are now active.

British Columbia is making it mandatory to wear masks in public spaces, while social interactions will be under new restrictions until December 7 due to surge in COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday, health officials announced another 538 people tested positive for the disease since the previous day. We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new health order was also issued, making the use of masks mandatory in all public indoor spaces.

Despite recent COVID-19 outbreaks at schools, Henry said students will not be required to wear masks.

The order is part of a number of sweeping measures announced Thursday, Nov. 19 - which extend restrictions on travel, social and group gatherings, as well as indoor group fitness - from the Lower Mainland to all of B.C. until December 7.

High-risk indoor group fitness activities, including high intensity interval training, hot yoga and spin classes are suspended as well.

We also strongly recommend that everyone focus on essential travel only and put aside recreational or social travel for now.

"In every case, every person matters to their family, to their friends, to their community and to us", said Dix.

In today's (Thursday) COVID-19 briefing, It was noted most transmission has come from close knit social gatherings, and not interactions between workers and the public.

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