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38 new COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia; Rankin, Strang to hold briefing today

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Published on April 22, 2021 with No Comments

Briefing by premier, chief medical officer of health scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Nova Scotia is reporting 38 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, the highest daily case count in the province in a year and a number only surpassed during the worst early days of the pandemic.

Thirty-three of the new cases are in central health zone, with two related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada and two related to travel outside of Canada. Nineteen of the central zone cases are close contacts of previously reported cases and 10 are under investigation.

Two of those untraced are connected to schools — Bell Park Academic Centre in Lake Echo and Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth.

Three of the new cases are in the eastern zone and are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. One case is in the northern zone and is connected to travel outside Atlantic Canada, and one in the western zone and is connected to travel outside Canada.

The province says the individuals are self-isolating. The new cases bring the total active case count up to 111.

Thursday’s case count is the worst since April 23, 2020, when the province reported 55 new cases. On Nov. 24, new cases reached 37, prompting increased health restrictions. Daily case numbers began to subsequently decline.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, will provide an update on COVID-19 today. It was initially scheduled for 1:30 p.m. AT, but is now scheduled for 3:30 p.m. AT.

The briefing will be live streamed here.

The updates are usually held on Tuesdays and Fridays, but Friday’s briefing was moved up by one day.

Nova Scotia saw a spike in new cases on Wednesday,  reporting 25 new cases. There have also been a handful of cases in recent days connected to schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality. School-related cases in the province are  tracked on a Education Department website.

 

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