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In-depth:Kovid-19: All the BC cases of the coronavirus novel are here
The latest news on COVID-19 in BC
Another 738 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, and an additional 13 died of respiratory illness, said regional health officer Dr Bonnie Henry. This is by far the deadliest day of the pandemic in British Columbia.
Of the new cases, 443 were reported in the Fraser Health District, and 169 were positive tests in Vancouver Coastal Health.
Of the 61 people in critical care, 294 were hospitalized.
There have been a total of 29,066 positive tests and 371 COVID-19 related deaths in BC since the outbreak. More than 100 people died in November alone.
There are 7,615 active cases in BC
The federal government granted 1,300 national interest exemptions during the COVID-19 epidemic to allow people into Canada ineligible under current border restrictions.
The Canadian border has been closed to everyone since March, but the specific list of people has grown longer as the epidemic continues.
Among those allowed were workers in need and Canadian citizens and family members of permanent residents.
Broadly speaking, those who consider their travels optional or discreet are not allowed, but exemptions may be granted if some ministers sign the plan.