The BC Centre for Disease Control has released an updated map of the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) hot spots in the province.
Each week, the BCCDC releases an update of the COVID-19 cases for the most recent seven-day period (Sunday to Saturday).
In the Lower Mainland, Vancouver continues to the second-highest number of new cases of COVID-19, with 618 new cases identified over the past week. This marks an increase of 15 cases over last week's numbers.
Vancouver is divided into six local health areas, and local health area 324, Vancouver - Westside, saw 124 new cases over the past week. Last week, it saw 115. Similarly, local health area 321, Vancouver - City Centre, saw an increase from 96 cases last week to 109 this week.
Local health area 323, Vancouver - Northeast, had 80 cases last week and 114 this week, too.
Surrey continues to see the highest number of new cases over the past week, with 946. Last week, it had 925 new cases. Burnaby follows Surrey with 210, which is a drop from 246 new cases last week.
The map also indicates the average daily rate of new cases per 100,000 population by local health area.
Dr. Bonnie Henry: 'Very little change in the next two months'
Despite promising news on B.C.'s vaccination rollout, don't expect much of a relaxation of restrictions any time soon.
Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday that B.C.'s age-based vaccine rollout is running ahead of schedule, and the province is going to be offering hundreds of thousands of the AstraZeneca vaccine to frontline workers as well over the next couple months.
By the end of April, 25 per cent of the province's population should have their first dose of the vaccine. But don't expect to get back to pre-pandemic life this spring.
“There's going to be very little change in the next two months,” Dr. Henry said Thursday. “But the more people who are immunized, whether it's in the workplace stream or whether it's in our main age-based stream, that gets us that much closer.
With files from Nicholas Johansen / Castanet