Since we last reported, we have had 709 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,052 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 147 in the Island Health region, 149 in the Interior Health region, 33 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
People can still phone a provincewide call-centre at 1-833-838-2323 or make appointments in-person at the Service B.C. offices.
Of the active cases, 318 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 96 of whom are in intensive care.
Of the confirmed variant cases to date, 2,771 are of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, 737 of the variant first identified in Brazil and 51 of the variant first identified in South Africa.
In a written statement, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the supply of COVID-19 vaccines has allowed the province to move into the next phase of its rollout. There are 588 active cases of COVID-19 variants, or seven per cent of all active cases. "We've seen that in other jurisdictions and we expect to see that here".
"Let's be clear, there's a lot of people in hospital, a lot of people in critical care", Dix said.
Indigenous people over the age of 18, and people who have received letters saying they are clinically extremely vulnerable, can also book online by going to the B.C. government's Get Vaccinated website here.
"I think there's some confusion in people's minds".
It has been a week since B.C. announced temporary restrictions on indoor dining and indoor group fitness intended as a "circuit breaker" to stop the spread.
No one from the restaurants could immediately be reached for comment.
The online registration system for vaccinations was supposed to open April 12, but Premier John Horgan said in a news release that the earlier launch marks a "major milestone" in B.C.'s fight against COVID-19.
He also acknowledged that a higher proportion of younger people are becoming ill from the disease.
"We've tested the system for significant numbers and it's worked well".
"Now is not the time to bend the rules - it's time for us to work together again to bend the curve", Henry said.
Lower Mainland residents who are 55 to 65 years old can book appointments for the AstraZeneca vaccine at participating pharmacies. The province said it will announce details about expanding the program to other regions in the days ahead.
The Province will be moving to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Immunization Plan tomorrow (Tuesday).