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Statistics from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) show that COVID-19 cases from July 31 to August 6 grew in the highest numbers among people under 30 years old.

Of the total 290 new cases which were recorded in the province last week, 98 were reported in people aged 20-29.

Geographically, more than half of the new cases were reported in the Fraser Health region, with 180 people testing positive for the virus in the area from Delta to Hope along the Fraser River.

The BCCDC also says that the majority of new cases were traced back to local incidences of close contact and clusters.

Public health officials have recently identified private gatherings and parties as a source of increased transmission for BC’s growing number of cases.

“Many continue to be related to private gatherings or small parties from travel within B.C. and Canada, as well as from exposure in workplaces,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix in a statement on August 4.

“In all of these cases, the common factors are close contact, crowds and mixing for an extended period of time, both indoors and outside.”

No deaths have yet been reported for British Columbians aged 20 to 29 who tested positive for COVID-19. Five people in this age demographic were admitted to ICU.

“The BC outbreak trajectory remains favourable compared to other provinces and countries,” the BCCDC wrote in their weekly update for July 31 to August 6.

“The most likely source of infection remains contact with a local case or cluster.”