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B.C. TOPS 70,000 CASES OF COVID-19 AFTER IDENTIFYING 1,236 INFECTIONS OVER THE WEEKEND (MSJ)

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British Columbia recorded another 1,236 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, pushing the provincial total past 70,000.

Of the new cases, 152 people live in the Interior Health region.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced 13 more deaths related to the disease at her coronavirus briefing on Monday.

“Our condolences go out to those families and caregivers and communities that have lost loved ones again this weekend,” Henry said.

The province has now recorded a total of 70,952 infections and 1,259 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The latest count includes 40 confirmed cases of the U.K. and South African COVID-19 variants, five of which are not connected to international travel.

Health officials announced new COVID-19 outbreaks at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Dawson Creek District Hospital, while four others were declared over at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, Evergreen Baptist Care Centre and Hilltop House.

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