B.C. health officials to provide Wednesday update on coronavirus response

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B.C. health officials are slated to provide their latest update on the province’s novel coronavirus pandemic response at 3 p.m. PT.

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Global News will stream the briefing live here, on our Facebook page and carry it on BC1.

Earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to allow people whose employment insurance has recently expired, seasonal workers and some part-time workers to apply.

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On Tuesday, B.C. surpassed 1,500 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, just over 60 per cent of whom have recovered.

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Seventy-two people have died of the disease.

But in an encouraging sign, hospitalizations remained essentially flat, with 134 patients in hospital — 58 of whom are in intensive care.

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