2,944 new cases, 5 deaths
The provincial government has announced 2,944 new cases of coronavirus within the last 24 hours.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a news conference that there are now 16,014 active cases of COVID-19 in BC.
Since December 24, there have been five new deaths related to the virus.
A full data release would come later Wednesday, but Dr. Henry said there are now 1,576 active cases in the Interior Health region. There are 7,192 active cases in Fraser Health and 5,462 in Vancouver Coastal Health.
Across BC, there are 193 people hospitalized with the virus, of which 66 are on intensive care.
Dr. Henry said health officials continue to learn about the Omicron variant, which drives the rapid spread of the virus.
“The rate of infection has affected a number of different parts of our system that we have had in place, including the efficiency of contact tracking. The incubation period is fast,” she said, explaining the time period from when a person contracted the virus to showing symptoms has dropped from around six days to three.
Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside announced that they would postpone the start of the personal K-12 classes until January 10, 2022. Some children will return on January 3 or 4 as planned, as will teachers and school staff, but the delay will help develop improved security plans over the Omicron variant.
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