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BC reports significant drop of more than 500 active COVID-19 cases

Health officials reported a sharp decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases in BC on Tuesday.

In a written statement, officials announced the active case count has plummeted from 1,987 to 1,465 over the past 24-hours.

That decrease of 522 is by far the sharpest recorded decline since the start of the pandemic.

Despite the significant drop, 96 new cases of COVID-19 were also recorded since Monday.

The number of people in hospital rose by one to 61, with 22 patients are in intensive care.

"The start of fall is the time for all of us to regroup and reset our COVID-19 routines, and ready ourselves for the colder, wetter months ahead," said Dr. Bonnie Henry in a statement.

"As we move inside, the activities we choose to do and the layers of protection we use need to be adjusted to ensure we are protecting ourselves, our friends and family — especially those who are most vulnerable to severe illness."

On Monday, BC NDP Leader John Horgan called a snap provincial election for Oct. 24, roughly a year ahead of the electoral schedule.

Elections BC CEO Anton Boegmanhas also announced further details on safe voting practices, read that full story by clicking here.

Henry also confirmed that BC's daily COVID-19 updates will continue uninterrupted throughout the election campaign.

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