Two new COVID-19 deaths in B.C., 33 new cases

Two more seniors in B.C. long-term care have died of COVID-19, while officials confirmed 33 new cases.

It brings the province’s death toll to 126, with a total of 2,288 confirmed cases. About 66 per cent of those patients have fully recovered.

As of Thursday, B.C. reported 76 people in hospital with COVID-19 — 20 of whom are in intensive care.

Earlier Thursday, B.C. unveiled its plan to resume scheduled surgeries, after approximately 30,000 were cancelled to ensure hospital capacity in the case of a surge of COVID-19 cases.

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Surgeries are to resume May 18, and the province estimates it will take close to two years to clear the backlog.

On Wednesday, B.C. also unveiled its plan to restart the economy, which would see many sectors — including restaurants and hair stylists — resume work in “mid-May.”

The plan would also see British Columbians given the green light for small gatherings of two-to-six people, however, large gatherings will remain prohibited for the foreseeable future.

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