B.C. reported 2,206 new cases of COVID-19 over the past five days, along with 74 deaths.
Of the new cases, 378 were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,375 in the Fraser Health, nine in Island Health, 44 in Interior Health, and 171 in Northern Health.
The deaths increased the province’s COVID-19 death toll to 882.
The number of people in hospital with the disease rose by 32 to 373. Of those, 80 patients are in intensive care.
There are now 7,580 active cases in B.C., a decline of 1,285 from Thursday.
The province’s last update came on Christmas Eve, when it reported 582 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths.
Tuesday’s press briefing was the first since officials confirmed the province’s first case of a coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K.
The case involves a person in the Island Health region who had recently flown from London to Vancouver on Air Canada flight 855 on Dec. 15, according to a statement from the province.
— With files from Simon Little
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