Ireland's chief doctor says rise in COVID-19 infections concerning

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 2, 2020

The 50 cases is the largest one-day total of new coronavirus cases since April, as the province continues to experience a surge connected to the Canada Day long weekend.

As of midnight 31 July, the HPSC has been notified of 45 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

There have been 1,088 cases recorded in Vancouver Coastal Health, 1,889 in Fraser Health, 144 in the Island Health Authority and 369 in the Interior Health region.

"Over the last five days we have seen an average of 44 cases a day", said Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer.

For Covid-19, the World Health Organization says that data to date suggests that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic; 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical, requiring ventilation. There are now two long-term care facilities and one acute-care facility with active outbreaks.

One new health-care facility outbreak has been reported in the Fraser Health region.

There's also been one new COVID-19 related death in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, for a total of 195 deaths in B.C. Public health teams continue to support the active outbreaks on Haida Gwaii and at Fraser Valley Packers Inc.

The pair also directed B.C. residents to a "good times guide" on the provincial government website, calling the guide "our playbook for how to have fun and to keep each other safe and healthy".

With the B.C. Day long weekend around the corner, health officials in British Columbia are still reminding you to "play safe and stay safe".

Meanwhile, GPs are warning of an increase in the number of people with symptoms of COVID-19 who are not self-isolating.

Those precautions include keeping groups small, using "layers of protection" and ensuring there is enough space for people to maintain physical distance from each other, Henry and Dix said.

A total of 3,168 people who have tested positive for the virus are now considered recovered.

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