B.C. government announces $5B relief plan amid COVID-19 outbreak

BC announces 48 new COVID-19 cases, total is now 472

B.C. records three new COVID-19 deaths, 48 new cases

"It seems inconceivable that just over a month ago, we tabled a balanced budget", said Premier John Horgan.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said B.C.'s recent move to cancel elective and scheduled surgeries has increased the number of beds available at B.C. hospitals in anticipation of "things about to come".

Although just 48 new cases were confirmed since Saturday, Henry reiterated that the province is focusing on testing health-care workers, hospital patients, long-term care home residents and outbreak clusters, and that others who have the disease are not included in her confirmed count.

One of the three deaths is linked to the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver, home to 10 of the 13 deaths in the province.

Henry, however, said that over the weekend that 100 people have now fully recovered from the virus.

She said about two dozen people providing essential health services around the province have been diagnosed with the virus, though most of the cases are mild, requiring no hospitalization. The benefit will be a one-time payment for British Columbians who receive federal Employment Insurance (EI), or the new federal Emergency Care Benefit or Emergency Support Benefit as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

Ten of the 13 deaths in B.C. stem from the Lynn Valley seniors' facility.

"We know there are people that can not work that need support now".

"Every day at the briefing, we report on numbers but let's not lose sight of the truth that we're speaking about people", said Dix of the deaths.

Bed capacity, which would normally be at about 103 per cent this time of year, was at 63 per cent, he said.

There are now 39 cases on Vancouver Island, 248 in the Vancouver Coast Health Authority, 150 in Fraser Health, 30 in Interior Health plus the five in Northern Health.

At a virtual council meeting Monday morning, council unanimously passed a motion allowing the city to fine businesses up to $50,000 and individuals up to $1,000 if they don't follow new rules passed during the city's state of emergency.

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