British Columbia is seeing an increase in the number of hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19.
Weekly numbers released by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control show 596 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Thursday compared with 331 last week.
The centre says 54 patients were in intensive care.
It says 59 people who had COVID-19 died in the week that ended May 7, bringing the total number of deaths in B.C. to 3,307 since the start of the pandemic.
It says 1,987 COVID-19 cases were detected in the first week of this month, although health officials and experts have said the actual number of cases may be much higher.
The centre says both hospitalization and death numbers may be underestimated because of ``data systems timing and processes.''
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