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All countries
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Confirmed
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All countries
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Recovered
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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the coronavirus situation in B.C. and around the world.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the COVID-19 situation in B.C. and around the world for June 4-5, 2022.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on right 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.

You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


Here are the latest figures given on June 3 for May 22 to 28:

• Hospitalized cases: 421
• Intensive care: 41
• New cases: 1,163 over seven days
• Total number of confirmed cases: 370,559
• Total death over seven days: 44 (total 3,547)


Headlines at a glance

• Hospitalizations from COVID gradually dropping in B.C.
• Experts say a COVID data void in Canada could hamper our understanding of lingering impact.
• Vaccination during pregnancy cuts infant infections, according to a study
• Canada has authorized a single booster shot of Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.
• Canada has extended border travel restrictions for at least a month after an Opposition motion was shot down in the House.
• COVID-19 cases in the Americas increased 10.4 per cent last week from the previous one, but countries must also pay attention to a rise in other respiratory viruses in the region, PAHO warned.

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COVID data void in Canada could hamper understanding of lingering impact: experts

A lack of data tracking Canadians who have had COVID-19 could hinder efforts to understand potential post-infection conditions, such as diabetes and brain fog, experts have warned.

They say the impact of the pandemic on Canadian health systems and society could linger for years but preparing for this is challenged by the data void.

Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency physician at Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, said reliance on at-home rapid testing for COVID-19 is a major hurdle in data collection.

“They’re not centrally tracked and there are very few resources available to these patients,” he said, even though COVID-19 seemed to cause diabetes, brain fog or other conditions “very frequently.”

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“If five or 10 per cent of our population becomes disabled, which is some of the rates we’re looking at, that’s going to be a huge issue for our workforce, for overall health,” said Pirzada, who is also an assistant clinical professor at McMaster University.

Read the full story here.

—The Canadian Press

Conservative MP who won’t disclose COVID vaccine status made to leave parliamentary precinct

A Conservative MP who refuses to disclose her vaccination status tried to access the House of Commons precinct after a COVID-19 vaccination mandate was imposed last year and was required to leave.

Cathay Wagantall, who represents the Yorkton-Melville riding in Saskatchewan, told a news conference on Parliament Hill that she was informed she would have to leave the House of Commons.

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Wagantall says she spoke with the Conservative House leader Friday, who informed her that though she could stay while the House was sitting, she would have to leave by the end of the day.

The House’s board of internal economy set a requirement in November 2021 that anyone on the precinct must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, though Speaker Anthony Rota later ruled the board overstepped its authority.

—The Canadian Press

Hospitalizations from COVID gradually dropping in B.C.

The latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C. show 421 people were hospitalized with the illness as of Wednesday, with 41 of them in critical care.

The weekly report from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control says 44 people died during the week that ended Saturday, bringing the pandemic death toll to 3,547.

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The centre says 265 people were admitted to hospital that week, down from 345 the week before, though it notes the numbers may increase as data is updated.

It says 1,163 new laboratory-confirmed cases were reported from May 22 to 28, down from 1,358 the week before, though case counts do not include positive results from at-home rapid tests.

Still, a situation report from May 15 to 21 shows the rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 people decreased across the Fraser, Interior and Vancouver Island health regions while remaining stable in the Northern and Vancouver Coastal Health areas.

—The Canadian Press

Vaccination during pregnancy cuts infant infections; vaccines only modestly reduce long COVID risk

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy appears to lower newborns’ risk of coronavirus infection, according to a study conducted in Norway.

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Norwegian researchers tracked 9,739 babies whose mothers received a second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna while pregnant, and 11,904 babies whose mothers were not vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

Overall, COVID infections were rare in the babies. But the risk of a positive COVID-19 PCR test during the first four months of life was 71 per cent lower during the Delta era and 33 per cent lower when Omicron was dominant for babies whose mothers got vaccinated during pregnancy compared with infants born to unvaccinated mothers, the researchers reported on Wednesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“There could still be a protective effect from antibodies past the first four months, but there are likely individual differences,” said Dr. Ellen Oen Carlsen of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Babies get another type of antibodies from breast milk, she noted, and the findings could partly be due to antibodies acquired from breastfeeding, or because vaccinated mothers are less likely to get COVID-19 and infect their babies.

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Read the full story here.

—Reuters

Canada authorizes Pfizer COVID booster for 16- and 17-year-olds

Canada on Wednesday authorized a single booster shot of Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Regulator Health Canada had cleared an extra dose of the vaccine for people 18 and older in November last year. The booster is meant to be administered six months after the primary two-dose series.

The decision was based on data from two studies of the booster shot among individuals 16 and older. The agency said potential risks of inflammatory heart conditions, myocarditis or pericarditis, have been included in the shot’s label.

The cases have been reported after administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 shot, especially among young men. Health Canada had authorized a primary series of Pfizer’s shot for those 16 and older in December 2020.

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— Reuters

COVID cases on rise in Americas, nations must monitor other viruses: PAHO

COVID-19 cases in the Americas increased 10.4 per cent last week from the previous one, but countries must also pay attention to a rise in other respiratory viruses in the region, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

The Americas saw 1,087,390 new COVID cases and 4,155 deaths last week.

Cases in South America rose 43.1 per cent, the biggest jump in the region, while the highest increase in COVID-related deaths was in Central America at 21.3 per cent, PAHO said in a news conference, adding that cases in the region have been growing for the past six weeks.

Other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, Monkeypox and viral hepatitis, are also surging, and nations need to pay close attention to these diseases too, PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said.

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— Reuters

COVID travel restrictions to remain after opposition motion shot down in House

COVID-19 restrictions at the border will remain in place for at least another month after a Conservative motion calling for the removal of all pandemic travel restrictions was shot down.

The motion put forward by Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman (Thornhill) was defeated 202 to 117 on Monday in the House of Commons.

Current COVID-19 travel restrictions include random testing, proof of vaccination verification, and completion of mandatory ArriveCAN questions before entering Canada from an international destination (although requirements vary based on a traveller’s age, citizenship and vaccination status.)

Lantsman said in her motion that these restrictions have led to “unacceptable wait times at Canadian airports.”

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Read the full story here.

— National Post


What are B.C.’s current public health measures?

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

Masks are also encouraged but not required on board public transit and B.C. Ferries, though they are still required in federally regulated travel spaces such as trains, airports and airplanes, and in health care settings.

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

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

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CARE HOMES: There are no capacity restrictions on visitors to long-term care and seniors’ assisted living facilities, however, visitors must show proof of vaccination before visiting. Exemptions are available for children under the age of 12, those with a medical exemption, and visitors attending for compassionate visits related to end of life.

Visitors to seniors’ homes are also required to take a rapid antigen test before visiting the facility or be tested on arrival. Exemptions to testing are available for those attending for compassionate visits or end-of-life care.


Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

TESTING CENTRES: B.C.’s COVID-19 test collection centres are currently only testing those with symptoms who are hospitalized, pregnant, considered high risk or live/work with those who are high risk. You can find a testing centre using the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s testing centre 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 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.


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