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British Columbia’s top health officials say they do not believe the new COVID-19 variant Omicron has affected anyone in the province, but they are urging residents to remain vigilant and follow public health orders.

Public health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix say they back the federal government’s decision to temporarily restrict flights from several countries in southern Africa where the new strain of the virus has been detected.

They say the province will work with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canada Border Services Agency to identify anyone returning from areas where the variant has been found to arrange proper testing.

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The province reported 341 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the active case count to 3,035.

Of the active cases, it says 291 people were in hospital, with 115 in intensive care.

Health officials say there have been six new deaths, which brings the overall death toll in B.C. to 2,322.

In Prince Edward Island, health officials are reporting five new cases of COVID-19.

Public health says in a news release the cases involve two people in their 60s, one person in their 50s, and two individuals in their 40s and 30s, respectively.

Officials say four cases are linked to travel off the Island, while the remaining infection is linked to a cluster in Prince County, on the western side of the Island.

The release says health authorities have now linked 28 infections to the Prince County cluster.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says anyone experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, even if mild, should get tested.

The government says more than 90 per cent of Islanders aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated as of last Wednesday.

New Brunswick reports 45 new cases of COVID-19, active cases hold at 793

Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19 today, for a total of 130 new infections confirmed over the weekend.

Officials said in a news release there were also 45 recoveries since Saturday, which means the number of active reported cases in the province remains at 793.

Public health says there are 62 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, including 17 people in intensive care.

Officials say a person younger than 19 is among those in hospital.

Online data shows 88 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and over 93 per cent have had at least one dose of vaccine.

The release says school personnel and residents aged 65 and older can book an appointment to receive a booster dose if six months have passed since their second dose.


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