Delta variant leading to concern of COVID-19 growth, BC health officials say | FULL

Global News published this video item, entitled “Delta variant leading to concern of COVID-19 growth, BC health officials say | FULL” – below is their description.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Monday presented data showing that an increase in Delta variant cases of COVID-19 and a sudden increase in social contacts could lead to an overall rise in COVID-19 in the province.

In the latest epidemiological modelling data presentation, Henry said the numbers show cases could jump back over 150 per day by the end of August if social contacts get to 80 per cent of normal and the Delta variant makes up 50 per cent of cases.

The Delta variant currently makes up 12 per cent of variant cases, but has been doubling each week for the past few weeks. Variants now make up more than 90 per cent of all of B.C.’s cases.

But even with these concerns, officials said the province has seen a significant drop in total cases, opening the door for a move to Step 3 in the government’s reopening plan on July 1.

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