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BC extends provincial state of emergency for eighth time

On Tuesday, the province extended its state of emergency for an eighth straight time and announced 12 new cases of COVID-19, but no new deaths.

There are now 162 active cases in BC, with 16 cases in hospital and the death toll sitting at 183.

The extended state of emergency will now remain in place until July 21.

“We’re starting to see some restrictions lifting, but there are measures we need to keep in place to continue battling COVID-19,” said Premier John Horgan.

“We will continue to take the necessary steps to make sure British Columbians are safe and that the most vulnerable people are protected, while experts work to find a treatment or vaccine.”

The extension continues to make the COVID-19 induced provincial state of emergency the longest in BC's history.

During the 2017 wildfire season, the province was in a provincial state of emergency for 10 weeks from July 7 to Sept. 15.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,013 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,576 in the Fraser Health region, 133 in the Island Health region, 203 in the Interior Health region and 65 in the Northern Health region.



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