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British Columbia extends provincial state of emergency for another 2 weeks

- Victoria, B.C. Canada

The B.C. government has extended its provincial state of emergency for another 14 days, Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday.

Addressing the province from Victoria, Horgan said officials are counting on British Columbians to "stay the course" and continue abiding by public health guidelines designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The general public's combined efforts up to this point in the pandemic have contributed to clear progress, Horgan said, something the premier said will become clearer when provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix share updated modelling on Friday.

"I believe that people have cause for genuine celebration and a pat on the back collectively – and virtually, I should say – for the work we've done together in flattening the curve," Horgan said.

Under the Emergency Program Act, provincial states of emergency can only be declared for periods of two weeks at a time.

This is a developing story by CTV. It will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

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