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CA, 02 Apr 2021
British Columbia reported 832 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with five additional deaths.

At a live briefing, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said 310 of the new cases were in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 388 were in the Fraser Health region, 53 were in the Island Health region, 42 were in the Interior Health region and 39 were in the Northern Health region.

Thursday's case count pushed B.C.'s seven-day rolling average for new cases to 873. A month prior, on March 1, it stood at just 497.

There were 7,571 active cases, while 296 people were in hospital, 79 of whom were in critical or intensive care.

Henry used the briefing to urge British Columbians to stay home over the Easter long weekend, and to ensure that if they did gather with others, it was outside.

"This is not the time for any of us to be travelling for leisure or vacation or getaways outside of our community, travel is still very high risk for all of us -- we take the risk from where we are coming and we take it home from where we have been," she said.

"If you do choose to spend time with anyone other than your immediate household this weekend, it must be outdoors. And all of the COVID-19 safety plans and precautions need to continue to be followed as more and more of our seniors and elders in particular are protected, we need to give that time for that best protection to take hold."

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