B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases continue decline, with 250

BC eases some COVID-19 restrictions, unveils plan to return to normal by September

Indoor religious gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed in BC, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said on Thursday.

This comes as 250 new cases were found in BC, as there are now 3,580 active.

A total of 137,517 people are considered fully recovered from COVID-19, representing 96 per cent of all recorded cases.

Premier John Horgan says B.C.'s strong immunization rate allows the province to slowly bring people back together, with September 7 a target date for the final phase of the plan to be implemented.

A total of 296 people are in hospital, including 97 in intensive care.

The number of hospitalizations prompted the government to cancel non-urgent surgeries in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions.

Island Health identified the locations of 92 of the active cases Thursday, including 32 in the South Island, 37 in the Central Island and 23 in the North Island.

Four new COVID cases connected to outbreak
Melburnians are being warned the number of cases could grow. "It's possible there's another missing link", Professor Sutton said. On Tuesday, gathering and mask restrictions were announced for greater Melbourne following the outbreak in the Australian city.

British Columbia is planning for a return to normal life after Labour Day as part of its four-step COVID-19 reopening plan.

"This equates to 65.8 per cent of adults", Henry said.

"We need to ensure that the majority of British Columbians who are eligible for vaccinations are vaccinated", said Anita Huberman, president of the Surrey Board of Trade in a statement.

That plan is contingent on COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations declining and remaining low, as well as British Columbians getting vaccinated. It is a careful and measured approach that will allow us to slowly ease restrictions.

Henry said that while it is "always preferable" to have the same type of vaccine for first and second doses, it may not be possible for everyone. "But we know that some issues with shipments of Moderna might mean that people who received Moderna in one of the mass clinics - the large community clinics - may be offered Pfizer for their dose two".

But he said the success of the rollout will depend on the province's progress to reduce COVID-19 infection rates.

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