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COVID-19 update for May 11: Federal government unlocks $740 million in airport relief | WHO declares mutant virus now in B.C. is a variant of concern | 1,758 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and 20 deaths

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for May 11, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. 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.

Check back here for more updates throughout the day. You can also get the latest COVID-19 news delivered to your inbox weeknights at 7 p.m. by subscribing to our newsletter here.


B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on May 10:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 136,100 (6,140 active cases)
• New cases since May 7: 1,759
• Total deaths: 1,622 (20 new deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 415
• Intensive care: 150
• Total vaccinations: 2,159,103 doses administered (106,058 second doses)
• Cases under public health monitoring: (not provided)
• Recovered from acute infection: 128,139
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 5

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IN-DEPTH:COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

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COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021

COVID-19: Have you been exposed? Here are all B.C. public health alerts

COVID-19 at B.C. schools: Here are the school district exposure alerts

COVID-19: Avoid these hand sanitizers that are recalled in Canada

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 IN B.C.

3 p.m. – Health officials are set to share latest figures on COVID-19 in B.C.

Health officials are expected to update the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries across the province.

5 a.m. – Federal government unlocks $740 million in airport relief

The federal government is launching a basket of programs to bolster airports with hundreds of millions of dollars in funding
first announced back in November.

A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement is not yet public, says Ottawa has laid out the criteria for airports to access $740 million in capital investments over the next six years.

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Nearly $500 million of that windfall is bound for large airports to put toward critical infrastructure such as runway repairs and
transit stations.

Most of the rest is en route to smaller airports, whose definition has been loosened temporarily to allow eight more sites
to apply, from Prince George, B.C., to Gander, Nfld.

The government previously announced $435 million roughly evenly split between airport rent relief and support for regional air
transportation.

The aviation industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, with profits and passenger numbers plummeting amid travel restrictions and border shutdowns.

-The Canadian Press

12 a.m. – WHO declares mutant virus now in B.C. is a variant of concern

A fast-spreading strain of COVID-19 first identified in India and already in B.C. has been classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

This means there are now four variants of concern circulating in B.C.

“There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility,” a WHO spokesperson said at a media briefing Monday, referring to the B.1.617 mutation that is ravaging India.

“A study of a limited number of patients that has not undergone peer review also suggested that the mutant can evade some key antibodies. As such, we’re classifying this as a variant of concern at the global level.”

12 a.m.  – Health officials report 1,758 new cases and 20 deaths over weekend

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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported 1,758 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend and 20 deaths.

There are 6,140 active cases of the disease in B.C., of which 415 are being treated in hospital, including 150 in intensive care. These tallies are falling slowly.

Henry said two of the people who died were in their 40s, and the others all aged over 70.

There have been 2,159,103 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered, of which 106,058 are second doses. In B.C. second doses are generally offered four months after the first injection. The vaccination campaign began last December.


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

– With files from The Canadian Press

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