COVID-19 update for April 16-17: Here’s what you need to know

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the coronavirus situation in BC and around the world.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about the COVID-19 situation in BC and around the world for April 16-17, 2022.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s happening here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen, so be sure to check back often.

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HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

• A bunch of holy week activities no COVID restrictions
• The best doctor in Ontario wants to extend the mask command for hospitals, transit
• More Chinese cities tighten controls as COVID cases rise in Shanghai


Here are the latest figures given on April 14 for the week of April 3-9:

• Hospitalized cases: 364
• Intensive care: 36
• Total deaths over seven days: 23 (total 3,036)
• New cases: 1,770 in seven days
• Total number of confirmed cases: 359,002

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Read the full report here | Next update: April 21 at 1 pm (or later)


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in BC

Celebrants flock to parks and outdoor activities on first Easter weekend in three years without COVID restrictions

After COVID-19 canceled Easter and other long-weekend rituals for the past two years, British Columbians seemed ready on Friday to celebrate this weekend’s three major religious celebrations: Vaisakhi, Passover, or Passover. .

The sun was barely shining in Metro Vancouver on Good Friday, a legal BC holiday, but a little rain didn’t stop families from buying all the tickets for rides on the Stanley Park Easter Train. The event, which was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, sold out on Friday.

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“As soon as we found out, we bought tickets online,” said Judy Kim of West Vancouver, who was at the park with her husband, John Ahn, and their children, David, 6, and Lina, 3.

The family had also attended the Christmas Train ride in the park and said protocols were stricter at the time because ticket holders still had to present their vaccination passports, a public health order that was lifted in BC on April 8.

Read the full story here.

—Susan Lazaruk

More Chinese cities tighten controls as COVID cases surge in Shanghai

Shanghai reported a record number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Saturday and other areas of China tightened controls as the country maintained its “proactive clearance” approach that aims to crack down on the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

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Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, a core manufacturing area of ​​China that includes Apple Inc supplier Foxconn, announced a 14-day closure on Friday “to adjust according to the epidemic situation.”

In northwest China, the city of Xian on Friday urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel outside their residential compounds and encouraged companies to have employees work from home or live at their workplace, following dozens of infections. by COVID-19 this month.

A Xian government official, responding to residents’ concerns about possible food shortages, said Saturday that the announcement did not constitute a lockdown and that the city would not enforce it.

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— Reuters

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Ontario’s top doctor wants to extend mask mandate for hospitals, transit

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health will recommend that the province extend remaining mask mandates, in settings such as hospitals, long-term care and public transportation, as the new COVID-19 model suggests a tenuous plateau in transmission.

Dr. Kieran Moore will present that proposal to the government, for a four-week extension beyond the current due date of April 27, he told The Canadian Press in an interview on Thursday.

“I think that will help us lower the epidemic curve to further protect those who live and work in those vulnerable sectors,” he said.

His office can also further extend that mandate, including during the next election period, if needed, Moore said.

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Prime Minister Doug Ford said earlier in the day that he “would have no problem” extending the remaining mask mandates beyond the end of the month if that is Moore’s recommendation.

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— The Canadian Press


WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CANADA


What are BC’s current public health measures?

MASKS: Masks are not required in indoor public settings, although individual businesses and event organizers may choose to require them.

The use of masks is also recommended, but not required, aboard BC public transportation and ferries, although they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces, such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in care settings. medical.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS: There are currently no restrictions on gatherings and events such as personal gatherings, weddings, funerals, religious services, exercise and fitness activities, and swimming pools.

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There are also no restrictions or capacity limits in restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs; and no restrictions on sports activities.

CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions for visitors to long-term care and assisted living facilities for the elderly, however, visitors must show proof of immunizations prior to visiting. Waivers are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical waiver, and visitors attending compassionate end-of-life visits.

Visitors to nursing homes should also take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or get tested upon arrival. Testing waivers are available for those attending compassionate visitation or end-of-life care.

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How do I get vaccinated in BC?

Anyone who lives in BC and is eligible for a vaccine can get one by following these steps:

• Register online at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated to schedule an appointment in your community.
• Or, if you prefer, you can register and then visit a drop-in clinic at your health authority.
• The system will notify you when it is time to go for your second dose.
• The same system will also notify you when it is time for your booster dose.


Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

TEST CENTERS: Currently, BC’s COVID-19 test collection centers only test those with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high risk, or live/work with high risk individuals. You can find a testing center using the BC Center for Disease Control’s testing center map.

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If you have mild symptoms, you do not need a test and should stay home until your fever is gone. Those without symptoms do not need a test.

TAKE HOME RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS: Eligible British Columbians over the age of 18 with a Personal Health Number can visit a pharmacy to receive a free take-home test kit containing five rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.


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