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Eight new cases in Northern Health, 30 new positive COVID-19 cases discovered in B.C.

One new death recorded in B.C.
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via Government of B.C. Flickr)

Numbers continue to rise in B.C. while Northern Health has seen its largest single-day case count.

At today's daily briefing (July 23) Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced there have been 30 new COVID-19 cases discovered in the past 24 hours after 34 were announced yesterday. 

Northern Health has added eight new cases over the past 24 hours, which brings the authority total to 77. One new case was announced on July 20 while three cases were reported on July 17, which broke a 37-day COVID-19-free streak.

The eight new cases are the largest single-day total in Northern Health. The authority has now recorded 12 new cases in eight days. The previous highest day total was on April 18 when five cases were discovered. 

The provincial total is now at 3,392 which includes 304 active cases, 16 hospitalized and three in intensive care. Officials say 2,989 have fully recovered from the virus. 

Henry announced there has been another death in the province, bringing the total to 190.

Earlier today, Premier John Horgan expressed his disappointment seeing video and photos of an informal drum circle at Third Beach in Stanley Park in Vancouver attended by large groups of people, with little evidence they were maintaining a physical distance or wearing masks.

Horgan had a message for British Columbians, saying 'Come on man, we're better than this.' 

“We have to appeal to people’s common sense and their general decency and their respect for their neighbours and their loved ones — that’s what we’re doing today, that’s what I’m trying to do today," he added.

“We’re only going to be able to defeat this if we do it together. The challenge ahead of us is enormous.”