(File) - British Columbia's public health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry giving her views during a press conference. - B.C. government
British Columbia health minister is urging residents not to attend private parties and gatherings after recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases across the province.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says many of the latest cases stem from such events and the numbers serve as a reminder that people must adhere to public health rules this summer.
B.C.'s top doctor says public health workers are tracing the contacts of almost all the new cases.
But Dr. Bonnie Henry says that's possible because transmission remains low and residents must ensure it stays that way.
She says common factors in many of the latest cases include talking, laughing and sharing drinks and food, especially in indoor settings, as well as spending time in crowded areas.
During a briefing on Tuesday, Henry reported that 146 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected since Friday and there have been no additional deaths.
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