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COVID-19 claims 17 lives in B.C. since Friday

Nearly 2,000 new cases since Friday, 17 deaths and six new outbreaks in health care system
Dr. Bonnie Henry
Dr. Bonnie Henry

There were 1,933 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. since Friday, and 17 deaths.

"The majority of of these people were seniors and elders in seniors care," provincial health officer Bonnie Henry said Monday.

And she suggested things could get worse as winter comes.

"As we move into winter, the virus spreads more easily," she said.

There are currently 277 people with COVID-19 in hospital and 59 in intensive care.

As a result of the increasing cases, Henry has recently announced a number of new restrictions for the next two weeks.

Here are the daily numbers for Monday, November 23, with numbers for the last reporting period, Friday, November 20, in brackets:

New cases: 1,933 (516)
BC Total: 27,407 (25,474)
Active cases: 7,360 (7,122)
Recovered: 19,069 (17,477)
Hospitalized: 277 (227)
Intensive care: 59 (57)
Deaths: 348 (331)

Confirmed cases by region:

Vancouver Coastal Health: 414
Fraser Health: 1,304
Island Health: 48
Interior Health: 104
Northern Health: 61

More to come.