Canada: British Columbia health authorities declare COVID-19 outbreak in Central Okanagan region
Interior Health (B.C.)/IBNS: British Columbia declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Central Okanagan region which accounts for more than half of the Canadian province's daily and active COVID-19 cases.
"We are concerned in public health about the rapid increase in the Central Okanagan region, particularly around the Kelowna area," Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Wednesday.
Due to this rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in the Central Okanagan region, B.C. health authorities are issuing a new health order to local mask mandate, as well as other public health measures
As of midnight, masks will be mandatory in indoor public spaces for anyone over the age of 12.
In cases when people indoors cannot physically distance themselves, they are encouraged to be outdoors.
Travel to and from the region, including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, is also being strongly discouraged for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)