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Burnaby stays close to weekly COVID-19 case record

B.C. hospitalizations remain high
COVID-19 swab in lab Photo: Getty Images

Burnaby’s weekly COVID-19 cases dropped slightly but remain near its highest ever.

New COVID-19 cases in Burnaby hit 431 during the last reporting period – April 11 to 17 – below the 475 registered between April 4 and 10, which was a new all-time record.

That’s far more than the 366 new cases reported from March 28 to April 3 – which was a new record for Burnaby at the time.

Burnaby has seen cases remain above 200 for nine consecutive weeks.

Burnaby saw 244 new infections between March 21 and 27 – more than the 210 new infections between March 14 and 20, but down slightly from the 246 new coronavirus cases from March 7 to 13. There were 203 new cases from Feb. 28 to March 6, 270 new cases from Feb. 21 to 27 and 243 cases from Feb. 14 to 20.

The previous weekly record for Burnaby was 341 cases from Dec. 6-12, 2020.

B.C. continues to rack up steadily rising numbers of people fighting for their lives in hospitals with COVID-19 infections. 

For the sixth straight reporting period, the province set a record high for the number of those people in hospital: 483. That is a net total of 27 more people than yesterday, and it includes a record 164 people whose illnesses are bad enough to be in intensive care units. 

Another seven people have died while infected with COVID-19 in the past day, raising the province's death toll from illnesses related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, to 1,546.

Some good news is that the number of new cases detected on a daily basis has declined slightly, and has plateaued. The 862 new infections detected in the past 24 hours, and the 849 cases detected on April 20 are the third, and second lowest number of cases in a 24-hour period so far in April. The lowest daily case count so far this month was on April 1, when 832 people were discovered with the virus. 

  • With files from Glen Korstrom, Glacier Media