B.C. reports 2,944 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths

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B.C. is reporting 2,944 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and five additional deaths over a 24 hour period.

There are 16,014 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 227,780 people who tested positive have recovered, the B.C. government said in a statement.

The statement further added that of the active cases, 206 individuals are in hospital and 66 are in intensive care.

A total 1,591 new cases were identified in Fraser Health, 571 new cases were identified in Vancouver Coastal health, 373 new cases were identified in Interior Health, 99 new cases were identified in Northern Health, and 309 new cases were identified in Island Health.

The Interior Health reported one additional death due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The Northern Health also reported one additional death and Island Health reported three deaths due to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the B.C. government, said there have been 2,452 cases of the Omicron variant of concern confirmed in the province, including 628 cases in Fraser Health, 1,265 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health, 114 cases in Interior Health, 7 cases in Northern Health, and 436 cases in Island.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, 88.0% (4,384,402) of eligible people five and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 82.8% (4,129,587) have received their second dose.

In addition, 91.9% (4,259,339) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 89.1% (4,129,454) received their second dose, and 18.5% (858,774) have received a third dose.

Also, 92.3% (3,990,578) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose, 89.6% (3,873,920) received their second dose, and 19.8% (857,935) have received a third dose.

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