The number of people hospitalized as a result of the Covid virus has reached new heights. According to new epidemiological modeling provided by the province on Thursday, B.C. could see up to 2,000 new COVID-19 cases every day by next month if the number of contacts per person is not restricted.
The figures come as British Columbia reports 1,205 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths. This week, B.C. set a new record for hospitalizations, with 409 people admitted and 125 in intensive care.
In a press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that cases in the province started to rise in March during spring break week, as the presence of highly contagious variants of concern was met with an increase in travel and social interactions.
Although deaths in B.C. have leveled down and are decreasing, she said that case counts are increasing among people aged 19 to 39 and 40 to 59, with clusters linked to workplaces and social interactions.
“We’re seeing that with this dangerous variant transmission can be widespread in households resulting to more hospitalization, which is more of people between the ages of 40 and 79 and that’s why it’s so important that we continue to focus our age-based vaccination program.”
According to her social interaction have to be restricted which seems to be the major cause of rising cases of the new variant.