Health officials are forecasting a slight increase in COVID-19 cases starting in mid-July. However, in their opinion, this expected increase will be “small and manageable”.
will not be transmitted in our communities as it was beforesays British Columbia Chief Health Officer Bonnie Henry, even as vaccinations have slowed and social contacts have increased.
The number of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths is falling in all regions of the province.
In many communities, we hardly see new cases– she notes, adding that the regions of Greater Vancouver, Peace and from Grand Forks are still the exception.
In general, the number of cases has dropped sharply since mid-April.she says.
This is a testament to the strength of the immunization campaign.
One of the side effects of the vaccine is hope, optimism and a bright future.
8 week interval between doses
More than 72.8% of the eligible population aged 12 and over and 74.9% of adults received at least one dose, bringing the total number of doses vaccinated to over 3.8 million.
Registration for the second dose will open eight weeks after the first vaccination.
The offer is always limited– says Dr. Henry, but the early arrival of 7 million doses of Moderna vaccine could speed up immunization, she said.
In March, Dr. Henry was the first of her colleagues in Canada to suggest a 16-week delay between two doses. In May, the province narrowed the gap to 8 weeks.
In a press briefing on Thursday, the health chief argued that new research shows that the protection offered by vaccines is greater the longer the time interval between injections, without offering more details.
Residents of British Columbia will be exempted from restrictive measures from June 15th. Recreational travel will be allowed in the province, as will closed public gatherings for 50 people.
This transition should be gradual, respectful and fluid, ”repeats Dr. Bonnie Henry, adding that she was not questioned.
also optimistic for a long time.
Despite the optimistic forecasts, Health Minister Adrian Dix reminds that the disease is forever and that we must learn from the pandemic.
Covid-19 will stay with us for years to come.
British Columbia has reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and announced 4 new deaths from the disease, bringing the province’s total deaths to 1,729.
The alpha variant (United Kingdom / B.1.1.7) currently accounts for 54% of cases.
With information from Alexander Leput