After a rough few months, the novel coronavirus situation in the province is getting much better. For the first time in weeks, there haven't been any new COVID-19 deaths in B.C, according to officials. Plus, a large majority of reported cases in the province have also officially recovered.

"I'm extremely pleased that today, for the first time in a while, we've had no new deaths," said B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in her daily update on Tuesday, May 26.

"We want to be able to do this every day so no more families have to deal with the loss of somebody they love," she later added.

The last time there have been no deaths in B.C. was back on Friday, April 17. The total death toll now rests at 161.

On the same day, Henry also reported 11 new infections. There've been 2,541 cases of COVID-19 in total in B.C.; however, she continued that 2,122 of these have officially recovered, meaning that roughly 84% of cases are now better.

In comparison to the rest of the nation, provinces like Ontario, Quebec, or Alberta are still seeing numerous deaths and new cases daily.

Ontario and Quebec reported 21 and 70 deaths on Tuesday, May 26, respectively. Alberta, on the other hand, only reported one.

However, Dr. Henry expects that the province will see an increase in cases as restrictions are eased.

"As we increase our social interactions and spend more time with others, we may see an increase in new cases," read a joint statement from Henry and B.C. health minister Adrian Dix.

"This is because the illness often can be mild or asymptomatic in the early stages, which means people may not realize they are sick."

The province is also introducing new restrictions. For example, Henry touched on a ban from Friday, May 22 that will limit drive-in events to just 50 cars this summer, in order to help with social distancing.

Henry said the new numbers are "hopeful," but encouraged locals not to let down their guards just yet.

As the province reopens its businesses, she asks everyone to keep up the social distancing effort and do their part.

 

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