(Dr. Bonnie Henry/BC Gov)

The B.C. Ministry of Health has reported 53 new cases of novel coronavirus in the province, bringing the total number cases in B.C. to 1,066 people.

In total, 497 of these cases are in the Vancouver Coastal Region, 367 in Fraser Health, 72 on Vancouver Island, 114 in Interior Health and 16 in Northern Health region.

There are now a total of 142 people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 of whom are in critical care.

One additional death has been reported today, bringing the death toll in B.C. to 25.

In good news, a total of 606 people have now recovered from novel coronavirus in B.C.

There are now COVID-19 outbreaks at 21 long term care centres on the mainland, the hardest hit of which is the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

“But vast majority of them have a single person, staff or resident, who was detected with this illness and we were able to put in outbreak measures so that others are not effected,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

According to the Ministry of Health, there are approximately 3,500 tests being conducted per day in British Columbia, and over 10,000 everyday across Canada.

Health Minister Adrian Dix stated that as of today, there are 4,192 empty acute care beds  across the province, which represents a 61% capacity in the health care system.

“We will get through this no matter what happens, but we do have a few more weeks to go,” says Dr. Henry. “It’s incredibly important for us now to maintain our strong social connections…at a distance.”

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island

The BCCDC has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at 1-833-784-4397 for those who have further questions about this disease.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

The Province has also created the 1-888-COVID-19  line to connect British Columbians needing non-medical information about the coronavirus pandemic.

As of the time of publication, the total number of COVID-19 patients worldwide has risen to 930,506.

Over 46,700 people have died from the illness and 193,750 have made a full recovery.

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