N.S. RCMP have now charged 54 people in connection with the crackdown on COVID-19 – Halifax

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Since a state of emergency was declared in Nova Scotia, the RCMP has charged 54 people with breaking the rules in place to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

This includes 38 people in the past four days alone, for violations of Nova Scotia’s health protection and emergency management laws.

“The RCMP thanks Nova Scotians for their continued support and the overwhelming majority of those who adhere to the guidelines set out by the provincial government to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said an RCMP statement on Tuesday.

“Nova Scotians are known to help each other when needed and we ask that people continue to protect their communities by following government guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”



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To date, tickets of $ 697.50 or more have been issued for offenses such as being in prohibited areas, failing to isolate themselves when necessary, and closing a non-essential business.

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Over the weekend, Halifax Regional Police reported issuing a ticket to 39 people for violations of the Health Protection Act and the Emergency Management Act, bringing their total to 47 since March 22.

Since then, the force has reported responding to nearly 700 calls related to COVID-19.

HRP and RCMP encourage the public to revise the pandemic rules listed on the provincial government website.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Return travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.

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