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British Columbia announces one additional death from COVID-19

VICTORIA — British Columbia's top doctor is warning people not to let their guard down against COVID-19 as the province prepares to allow more travel this summer. Provincial health officer Dr.

VICTORIA — British Columbia's top doctor is warning people not to let their guard down against COVID-19 as the province prepares to allow more travel this summer.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the premier is expected to announce later this week when the province will move into the third phase of its restart plan, which allows overnight camping and the opening of hotels, resorts and RV parks.

She says travellers have to exercise caution, be respectful of the communities they plan to visit and take the same care they do at home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Henry says travellers need to plan before they leave, which means finding out what services are available and be as self-sufficient as possible.

B.C. has had 32 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, including one new death.

Henry says the province has had a total of 2,822 cases of COVID-19 with 182 of them still active.

There have been 169 deaths.

Health Minister Adrian Dix says as people are allowed to do more things together, the need to physically distance is becoming more important. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 22, 2020.

The Canadian Press