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The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island is being driven by cases in the central region, according to Island Health.

Records show that between November 10 and November 19, central Vancouver Island saw a 500 per cent increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases.

On November 19, the region had 76 active cases. As of Monday, November 23, that number had increased to 100.

In comparison, in the nine day period between the 10th and 19th, the south island saw a 40 per cent increase in active cases and there was a 55 per cent increase in north island cases.

A bulletin posted on the Island Health website urges people to follow the rules in place in order to curb transmission rates.

These orders were issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, November 19 and remain in place until at least December 7, at which point they will be reevaluated based on whether or not the transmission curve has been flattened.

Most recently, on November 24, the province announced a record-breaking single day case count of 941, and added 10 more people to the COVID-19 death toll.

There are currently 7,732 active cases across B.C., 152 of which are in the Island Health region.

At its most rudimentary level, the new order looks to restrict social gatherings, get people to wear masks indoors, limit activities where the virus has been known to spread easily, and limit non-essential travel.

Answers to some of the most common questions about BC’s new orders can be found here.

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