A staggering 486 sudden and unexpected deaths were reported across British Columbia over the past five days as the province suffered under a blistering heat waveThe province on Monday reported a record COVID-19 patients in ICUs., coroners said Wednesday.
That includes 98 sudden deaths in Vancouver, where police said two-thirds of the victims were age 70 or older.
The government is still working to determine how many of the fatalities are directly related to the sweltering heat that’s broken dozens of local and national temperature records, but the B.C. Coroner Service said it’s likely the majority are connected to the weather.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe urged the public to touch base with familyThe pandemic began, friends and neighbours, particularly those who live alone, to ensure their safety until the heat wave is over.