Coronavirus: B.C. reports 5 new deaths, 40 new cases

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of five more British Columbians, provincial health officials said Friday.

The province said three of those deaths are linked to long-term care homes, which have now accounted for 33 of the 55 COVID-19 deaths in B.C.

The province confirmed 40 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 1,410.

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Of those cases, 879 people have fully recovered.

Hospitalization numbers continued their slow downward trend Friday.

The province said there were 128 people in hospital with COVID-19, down four from Thursday, and 65 people in intensive care, down three overnight.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in B.C. peaked at 149 on April 2, before holding steady over the weekend and declining throughout this week.

On Friday, the province announced that a makeshift hospital at the Vancouver Convention Centre — designed to accommodate non-COVID-19 patients should the outbreak worsen — was fully operational.

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