There are seven cases of the novel coronavirus in the Interior Health region, the provincial government said on Tuesday while announcing a public health emergency.
In a daily meeting with media discussing the pandemic, the government said B.C. now has 186 cases of coronavirus, including 83 new cases.
The government also announced three new deaths because of coronavirus.
“This is something, as you know, that we’ve had in our tool belt for some time,” said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, referring to B.C. declaring the public health emergency.
“I felt that this was the tool we need now. We’ve taken a number of unprecedented measures in the last few days, and this declaration of an emergency enables me to be faster, more streamlined and more nimble in the things that we need to do.”
Of the 186 cases of coronavirus across B.C., the majority are in the Lower Mainland. The province said there are 116 cases in Vancouver Coastal Health and another 47 in the Fraser Health region.
Another 12 are on Vancouver Island while there are four in the Northern Health region.
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