ontario news watch
British Columbia

Officials ask public to keep social groups small as B.C. reports 250 COVID-19 cases

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s health minister and provincial health officer are encouraging residents to limit their socialization with others, as the number of COVID-19 cases dips.

Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry say it is important to socialize with a small group of people, and take more precautions for those who are at a high risk of contracting the virus.

B.C. reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, for a total of 142,886 since the pandemic began, as well as three new deaths.

Dix and Henry urged residents to get vaccinated, saying the vaccines form the backbone of the province’s reopening plan. 

Almost three million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, of which 152,010 are second doses.

B.C. laid out its four-step plan this week to ease out of the pandemic, lifting some restrictions on gatherings, sports events and dining, both in and outdoors. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 26, 2021.

The Canadian Press