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More record highs set with 762 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths

BC has once again set a single day record high for COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, health officials reported 762 new cases of the virus have been identified in the past 24 hours.

That brings BC's active case count to 6,861 which is also a record high.

An all time high of 209 individuals are hospitalized with COVID-19, 58 of whom are in intensive care.

The vast majority of the new cases remain clustered in the Lower mainland, with 210 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 481 in the Fraser Health region, 38 in the Interior Health region, 20 in Island Health and 13 in the Northern Health region.

There have been 10 new COVID-19 related deaths, for a total of 320 deaths in British Columbia.

“This second surge is putting a strain on our health-care system, our workplaces and us all. We need to ease this pressure so we can continue to manage the virus in our province and also continue to do the many activities that are important to us," said Dr. Bonnie Henry.

“While your personal efforts may seem small or having little impact, the collective benefit to every community in every region is significant. Our safety layers are there to help protect us and they work best when we are all using them, all of the time."

Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said the travel restrictions brought in a week-and-a-half ago in BC, which advise against non-essential travel in and out of the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions will be extended for another two weeks.

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