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B.C. COVID-19 pandemic update | BC Gov News



As of Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, 91.0% (4,218,099) of eligible people 12 and older in B.C. have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 87.5% (4,056,728) received their second dose.

In addition, 91.4% (3,953,383) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 88.1% (3,808,967) received their second dose.

B.C. is reporting 424 new cases of COVID-19, including one epi-linked case, for a total of 216,758 cases in the province.

There are currently 3,061 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and 211,202 people who tested positive have recovered. Of the active cases, 295 individuals are in hospital and 112 are in intensive care. The remaining people are recovering at home in self-isolation.

The new/active cases include:

  • 140 new cases in Fraser Health
    • Total active cases: 1,092
  • 62 new cases in Vancouver Coastal Health
  • 93 new cases in Interior Health
  • 66 new cases in Northern Health
  • 63 new cases in Island Health
  • no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada

In the past 24 hours, three new deaths have been reported, for an overall total of 2,316.

The new deaths include:

  • Fraser Health: two
  • Interior Health: one

There have been two new health-care facility outbreaks at Ridge Meadows Hospital (Fraser Health) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health). The outbreaks at Royal Inland Hospital (Interior Health) have been declared over, for a total of 10 facilities with ongoing outbreaks, including:

  • long-term care:
    • Queens Park Care Centre, Tabor Home, Maplewood House, George Derby Centre, Dufferin Care Centre (Fraser Health); and
    • Peace Villa (Northern Health)
  • acute care:
    • Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital (Fraser Health); and
    • St. Paul’s Hospital (Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • assisted or independent living:
    • Laurier Manor (Northern Health)

The outbreaks at Mar Jok Elementary and M.V. Beattie Elementary School (Interior Health) have been declared over.

From Nov. 17-23, people not fully vaccinated accounted for 58.9% of cases and from Nov. 10- 23 they accounted for 68.5% of hospitalizations.

Past week cases (Nov. 17-23) – Total 2,650

  • Not vaccinated: 1,461 (55.1%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 101 (3.8%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 1,088 (41.1%)

Past two weeks cases hospitalized (Nov. 10-23) – Total 301

  • Not vaccinated: 188 (62.5%)
  • Partially vaccinated: 18 (6.0%)
  • Fully vaccinated: 95 (31.6%)

Past week, cases per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Nov. 17-23)    

  • Not vaccinated: 197.7
  • Partially vaccinated: 44.6
  • Fully vaccinated: 24.4

Past two weeks, cases hospitalized per 100,000 population after adjusting for age (Nov. 10-23)

  • Not vaccinated: 39.3
  • Partially vaccinated: 11.6
  • Fully vaccinated: 2.1

Since December 2020, the Province has administered 8,609,643 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn More:

For the Nov. 23, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children aged 5-11, visit:

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children:

For the joint statement on Health Canada approval of COVID-19 pediatric vaccine, visit:

For the Oct. 26, 2021, announcement on COVID-19 booster shots for all British Columbians, visit:

For information on booster doses, visit:

For regional restrictions in the Northern Health region, visit:

For information on a third dose for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, visit:

As they become available, information on school outbreaks will be posted online:

For surgical renewal commitment progress reports, visit:

To learn about how B.C. counts its daily COVID-19 cases in hospitals, visit:

To learn about the BC Vaccine Card and how to access yours, visit:

For the Aug. 12, 2021, announcement on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care

workers, visit:

For information on breakthrough cases, see the BCCDC weekly data summary:

Detailed data is posted daily on the BCCDC dashboard:


To register to be immunized or to learn about getting your second dose, visit: or

For the provincial health officer’s orders and guidance, visit:

For guidance on restrictions, visit:

The latest updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.

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We Finally Have a Release Date for Letterkenny Season 10



Let’s get to the good psrt. Letterkenny has a total of 9 seasons, and enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the tenth season, which we will explore. Here’s the good news, we’ve gained a lot of information about the shows upcoming seasons. Yes, we are getting another season! Want to know more? Keep reading.

The citizens of Letterkenny, a fictional rural community in Ontario partly based on Keeso’s hometown of Listowel, Ontario, are the focus of the show. Letterkenny is pretty famous amongst viewers and you all know why. Hulu obtained exclusive distribution rights and upcoming seasons in the United States in May 2019.

Seasons 10 and 11 were confirmed in September 2020, with production set to begin in August 2020 but postponed owing to the pandemic. Production on seasons 10 and 11 began in June 2021.

Letterkenny fans will now be treated with 2 amazing seasons. Tyler Johnston stated on Instagram that shooting has been concluded by June 19, 2021. Here’s the post.

Letterkenny Season 10 Official Release Date

With a short clip that may be considered more of a teaser, Hulu has revealed the premiere date for Season 10 of the Canadian sitcom Letterkenny. The tenth season will premiere on Crave in Canada on December 25, 2021, and on Hulu in the United States the following day.

On November 17, 2021, a teaser for the season was released on YouTube and other platforms, confirming the previously expected release date of Christmas 2021.

Highlights of the upcoming season, according to Hulu, “McMurray and Wayne do some dickering… the Hicks attend a sausage party… the Hockey Players and Skids have a video game battle… and the men of Letterkenny receive head to toe physicals.”

About The Teaser/Trailer

The ensemble is shown sitting around with beverages in hand in the 30-second teaser. The Letterkenny season 10 teaser may not reveal much about the narrative that will be presented when the show returns.

But it does provide plenty of thrilling hints for fans of the series. There are plenty of scraps for the hicks and hockey players in this clip. Please let us know your thoughts are on the teaser. We’ve also mentioned the teaser below, which was uploaded on YouTube, for easier access.

Letterkenny Season 10 Upcoming Characters

The Hicks, Skids, and hockey players made appearances in the clip. Along with Gail, Rosie, the McMurrays, Bonnie, Anik, Shania, Tanis, Glen, Dierks and his crew, Marie-Fred, the Dycks, Jim Dickens, Aly and Bianca, as well as a slew of additional characters.

This season is definitely going to be fun and amazing! If you loved watching Letterkenny, you will definitely love this season. Also, there’s going to be a spin-off series as well! Do let us know if you’re excited for season 10 & 11. You can stay tuned with us for more updates.

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Centre to review flight resumption as new Covid-19 variant sparks alert



As concerns mounted over the spread of potentially more contagious coronavirus variant Omicron to many countries, the Centre on Sunday decided to review the resumption of international flights and issued a slew of directions to the states for ramping up testing-surveillance measures and health facilities.

Alert to the looming threat, states began to re-tighten curbs and urgently trace people who arrived from abroad especially ‘at risk’ nations in the last one month while a demand to not allow flights from the countries affected by the new variant was made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

No cases of the variant, which was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, have been recorded in India.

Two South African returnees to Bengaluru, who tested positive for COVID-19, were found to be infected with the delta variant, a Karnataka official said on Sunday.

The Centre has asked all states and UTs to focus on intensive containment, active surveillance, enhanced testing, monitoring of hotspots, increased coverage of vaccination and augmentation of health infrastructure.

The new variant has the potential of developing “immunoescape mechanisms” which may lead to a decreased efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, according to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guelria who said the efficacy of vaccines including those in use in India needs to be evaluated “critically”.

India, which battled the deadly second wave blamed on the Delta variant in April-May, faces the Omicron challenge after easing curbs to a large extent following an improvement in the situation.

The country saw a single-day rise of 8,774 new coronavirus infections and the active cases declined to 1,05,691, the lowest in 543 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 51 straight days.

After a long hiatus of more than 20 months, the government had on November 26 announced the resumption of scheduled international commercial flights from December 15.

But on Sunday, the government said it will review the decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services as per evolving global scenario.

“Government to review Standard Operating Procedure on testing and surveillance of incoming international passengers, especially for those countries identified ‘at risk’ category,” an official spokesperson said after an urgent meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and attended by various stakeholders.

The meeting was held a day after a high-level review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the concerns over ‘Omicron’.

The government has also decided that the genomic surveillance for variants will be further strengthened and intensified and Airport Health Officials (APHOs) and Port Health Officials (PHOs) will be sensitised for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports and seaports.

A closer watch on the emerging pandemic situation within the country will be maintained, the spokesperson said.

Among the ‘at risk’ countries are South Africa, China, Botswana, those in Europe including the UK, Brazil, Israel, Bangladesh, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel and Hong Kong.

The B.1.1.529 variant, designated as a “Variant of Concern” by WHO on Friday, has sparked a new wave of restrictions on travellers from various southern African nations by countries such as the US, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and the European Union.

Listing a series of measures that states and UTs should undertake, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stressed on rigorous surveillance of international passengers, ensuring prompt dispatch of samples for genome sequencing and strict enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour to effectively manage this Variant of Concern (VoC).

As a proactive step, the government has already placed nations, where this VoC has been found, in the category of ‘at risk’ countries for additional follow-up measures of international travellers coming into India from these destinations, he said in a letter dated November 27.

“ln view of the possible threat that this VoC can pose to the nation, it is imperative that the intensive containment, active surveillance, increased coverage of vaccination and Covid- appropriate behaviour must be enforced in the field in a very proactive manner to effectively manage this VoC,” Bhushan said.

ln all such ‘hotspots’, saturation testing and sending of positive samples quickly for genome sequencing to designated INSACOG labs must be ensured, he said.

INSACOG has been established to monitor the circulating variants in the country, he said, underlining it is important that states must significantly increase sampling from the general population for genome sequencing by sending these samples to the lab network.

Having adequate availability of health facilities across the state is essential to ensure that there are no delays in providing care, he said.

He also asked the states and UTs to hold regular press briefings to disseminate accurate information.

“We have seen in the last surges in the country that discourse on COVID is often influenced by misinformation leading to anxiety in the masses. To address this, all states should proactively and regularly address the concerns of community through press briefings and state bulletins providing evidence-based information,” Bhushan said in the letter.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guelria also emphasised the need to be very vigilant and have aggressive surveillance both for international travellers and in the region where there is a sudden increase in the number of cases.

“Also, we must ask everyone to religiously follow COVID-appropriate behaviour and not let their guard down. Also, it has to be ensured that people get both doses of vaccine and those who have not yet taken the jab are encouraged to come forward to take it,” he said.

In the national capital, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that all government departments are on high alert and appealed to people to avoid unnecessary gatherings.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in its meeting on Monday, is likely to take a call on RT-PCR testing of passengers deboarding from international flights and quarantining of passengers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong and other countries where the new coronavirus variant has been reported.

Chief Minister Kejriwal batted for a travel ban on the affected countries.

“Our country has fought a tough fight against corona for the last one and half years… We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by the WHO, from entering India… I urge you to stop flights from these regions with immediate effect. Any delay in this regard may prove harmful if any affected person enters India,” the letter read.

Confirmed or suspected cases of the new variant have reportedly emerged in several European countries, Israel and Hong Kong. Australia said two overseas travelers who arrived in Sydney from Africa became the first in the country to test positive for the omicron variant.

“A new strain of the COVID-19 has appeared abroad, which is mainly seen in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana. European nations have imposed restrictions and the WHO has also raised an alarm against this new variant by calling it a matter of concern.

“We have also requested the Union government to ban travellers from the three countries (South Africa, Hongkong and Botswana),” Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

Bommai said he has ordered restrictions at the airport for people coming from countries that are in contact with people from nations where the new Omicron variant has been detected.

“The travellers will be let go only if they test negative for the COVID-19 or else they will be sent to the containment zone. Earlier, there was a system that the travellers were allowed to go after collecting samples and then they were quarantined after testing positive,” Bommai said.

Citing the high number of COVID cases in Kerala, the chief minister said he has ordered precautionary measures in Dakshina Kannada, Madikeri, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru districts bordering Kerala.

“People coming from Kerala will be let in people only after they test negative for COVID-19. They should have taken two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This way we have given direction for round-the-clock monitoring in these districts,” the chief minister said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said all the people who arrived in the state from international destinations in the past one month will have to go undergo a COVID-19 test.

The state government also withdrew the earlier announced relaxations for schools and decided that they will continue to hold online classes and run physical classes with 50 percent strength of students only after consent from their parents.

Chouhan had on November 17 announced withdrawal of all coronavirus-related restrictions in Madhya Pradesh with immediate effect while allowing all social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural and religious activities with full capacity.

In Maharashtra, 55 fully vaccinated inmates of an old age home in Thane district and seven others have tested positive for coronavirus and all of them have been admitted to a civil hospital.

The threat from the new variant comes ahead of Christmas-New Year celebrations.

In Goa, the tourism sector which was badly reeling from the pandemic impact is keenly watching the likely impact of the new variant.

Chartered flights and international services bringing in foreign tourists start arriving by the middle of December.

“We are waiting and watching. Till now, at least, there is no impact (of Omicron) but we will have to wait and watch all the developments over the next 15 days. If cases go up, then protocols will have to be adhered to even more strictly,” Travel and Tourism Association of Goa president Nilesh Shah told PTI.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City release date, cast and trailer



Resident Evil is no stranger to the big screen, director Paul W.S. Anderson made six movies in the series.

The latest entry is set in one of the most important locations in the Resident Evil universe: Raccoon City.

The film serves as a reboot of the Resident Evil film series and the seventh live-action film overall, which was loosely based on the video game series of the same name.

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This version sticks closer to the original game as evidenced by the dimly-lit mansion searching in the newly released trailer.

Resident Evil and horror fans, here’s everything you need to know about the reboot.

When is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City released?

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City is released in UK cinemas on Friday, December 3, 2021.

What is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City about?

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The trailer introduces us to Claire Redfield played by Kaya Scodelario (Skins, The Maze Runner), and her brother Chris played by Robbie Amell (The Duff, Code 8), two of the primary characters in the series.

Claire has a theory that Umbrella, the big corporation that props up their small hometown of Raccoon City, is evil and dangerous.

Claire and Chris’ search for answers sends them to a creepy mansion, and has them cross paths with Leon S. Kennedy played by Avan Jogia (Victorious, Tut), who sends them straight to the heart of Umbrella’s twisted experiments and the zombies and monsters that they produce.

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