B.C. reports 341 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as officials monitor for new Omicron variant

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British Columbia’s top health officials say they do not believe the new COVID-19 variant Omicron has affected anyone in the province, but they are urging residents to remain vigilant and follow public health orders.

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Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say they support the federal government’s decision to temporarily restrict flights to and from several countries in southern Africa where a new strain of the virus has been detected.

They say the province will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency to identify anyone returning from areas where the variant has been found to arrange for appropriate testing.

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The province reported 341 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, taking the number of active cases to 3,035.

Of the active cases, it says 291 people were in hospital, of whom 115 were in intensive care.

Health officials say there have been six new deaths, bringing the total death toll in BC to 2,322.


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