Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the COVID-19 situation in B.C. and around the world for April 22, 2022.
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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE
• UBC says it will keep its mask mandate for indoor spaces until the end of June.
• Another 121 people in B.C. land in hospital with COVID-19
• B.C. man experiencing 22-day lockdown as Shanghai battles latest wave
• England’s COVID-19 prevalence falls
Here are the latest figures given on April 21 for the week of April 10 to 16:
• Hospitalized cases: 485
• Intensive care: 38
• Total deaths over seven days: 27 (total 3,077)
• New cases: 2,036 over seven days
• Total number of confirmed cases: 361,034
Read the full report here | Next update: April 28 at 1 p.m. (or later)
LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.
Another 121 people land in hospital with COVID-19
The latest COVID-19 case numbers in B.C. show more than 100 people have landed in hospital with COVID-19 over the previous week.
In the latest figures shared April 21, recapping the week of April 10 to 16, there were 485 people in hospital with COVID-19, up more than 100 from 364 the previous week. That figure includes both those in critical care and those who tested positive after attending hospital for other reasons.
There were also 27 deaths during that period, bringing B.C.’s death toll up to 3,077, while there were 2,036 new cases of COVID-19 recorded.
B.C. man experiencing 22-day lockdown as Shanghai battles latest wave
A B.C. native living in Shanghai says swapping food scraps with neighbours and conversing through windows has become part of his routine after a city-wide lockdown to curb COVID transmission stretched from a few days to three weeks.
Victoria’s Stewart Jensen, who relocated to Shanghai’s Changning District two years ago to set up a manufacturing plant for his electric cargo-bicycle company, Baere Bikes, has been confined to his apartment for the past 21 days.
“All it takes is one case in your apartment block and your whole compound is in lockdown for another 14,” he told Postmedia in an email on Thursday.
China’s ruling party has enforced a “zero-COVID” strategy, shutting down entire cities this April, forcing residents to self-isolate in every case, including in Shanghai, which has 25 million residents and 95 per cent of the country’s cases.
On Wednesday, city authorities reported eight people with COVID-19 had died and there were 25,411 new coronavirus cases, the majority being asymptomatic.
Read the full story here.
England’s COVID-19 prevalence fell to 1 in 17 people in the week ending April 16, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Friday, compared with 1 in 14 recorded in the previous week.
The ONS also said on Friday it estimated that 3.2 million people in England had COVID-19 in the week to April 16.
The Quebec government will extend its mask mandate for indoor public spaces and on public transit until mid-May, the province’s health minister announced Thursday.
The decision to maintain masks follows a recommendation from the province’s interim health director, Dr. Luc Boileau, who told a news conference that while there are signs the COVID-19 situation is improving in the province, the data is still unclear and Quebecers need to remain prudent.
Boileau told reporters community transmission may have started to slow down, adding that the number of new daily hospitalizations linked to the disease also seems to be trending down.
Masks remain necessary, Boileau said, “because there is a real pandemic situation in Quebec right now. It seems to be not as (bad) as it was a week ago, but it’s still very heavy. If the numbers are really showing a drop, then we can revise our recommendation to the government.”
—The Canadian Press
UBC to keep mask mandate in place until June 30 as sixth wave looms
The University of British Columbia says it will keep its mask mandate for indoor spaces until the end of June as experts anticipate the province will enter the sixth wave of the pandemic.
The university says in a statement there are signs of further Omicron variants and increased case numbers.
It says masks provide an added layer of protection, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Read the full story here.
— The Canadian Press
What are B.C.’s current public health measures?
MASKS: Masks are not required in public indoor settings though individual businesses and event organizers can choose to require them.
Masks are also encouraged but not required on board public transit and B.C. Ferries, though they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in health-care settings.
GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, worship services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools.
There are also no restrictions or capacity limits on restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sport activities.
CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions on visitors to long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities, however, visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting. Exemptions are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical exemption, and visitors attending for compassionate visits related to end of life.
Visitors to seniors’ homes are also required to take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested on arrival. Exemptions to testing are available for those attending for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.
How do I get vaccinated in B.C.?
Everyone who is living in B.C. and eligible for a vaccine can receive one by following these steps:
• Get registered online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to book an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can get registered and then visit a drop-in clinic in your health authority.
• The system will alert you when it is time to go for your second dose.
• The same system will also alert you when it is time for your booster dose.
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
TESTING CENTRES: B.C.’s COVID-19 test collection centres are currently only testing those with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high risk or live/work with those who are high risk. You can find a testing centre using the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s testing centre map.
If you have mild symptoms, you do not need a test and should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need a test.
TAKE-HOME RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a personal health number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
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