BC health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases

9 more people die of COVID-19 in B.C., as 446 new cases confirmed

"Our focus is to ensure we safely deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible to B.C. communities, using all available supply", provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said in a joint statement issued today, January 12.

22 British Columbians have died from COVID-19 over the weekend, marking a grim milestone in the province's pandemic history.

The discussion over additional restrictions is to take place as the province reported more than 5,000 deaths from the virus.

Another 603 people have also recovered from COVID-19, which helped push B.C.'s number of active cases down to 5,045 - the lowest it's been since November 9. Of hospitalizations, 72 are in intensive care.

Within IH, there are now 880 active cases, with 36 people in hospital and nine people in intensive care.

Most sick individuals are isolating at home, though 368 residents are being treated in hospital - an increase of 10 overnight. "This is important for our physical and mental well-being", Dix and Dr. Henry said.

That brings the provincial total to 58,553 cases, 51,144 of whom have recovered.

Senior government sources with knowledge of the measures being considered are confirming that an overnight curfew has not been recommended by public health officials. "But we have learned, we have adapted, and by following the orders and rules for a bit longer, we will soon get to the brighter days ahead", Henry and Dix say.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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