NL adds 7 new COVID-19 cases, as Nova Scotia locks borders – fr

NL adds 7 new COVID-19 cases, as Nova Scotia locks borders – fr

Newfoundland and Labrador reports seven new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, as travelers continue to import the virus from other provinces.
Six of the seven cases announced are linked to travel to Canada, according to a statement from the Department of Health. Five are in the Eastern Health Region and two in the Health Center.

The ministry reported two new recoveries since Thursday, leaving the province with 63 active cases.

Since April 29, 14 of the 19 crew members aboard the federal freighter Montreal anchored in Conception Bay have tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry of Health said the crew remained on board the ship and followed public health orders, and there was no risk of community spread.

There is no one in the hospital because of COVID-19.

A total of 135,547 people have been tested, including 346 since Thursday’s update.

Travel continues to be the main source of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

Travel continues to generate new cases of COVID-19, with 18 of the 26 cases reported since Monday being linked to people who arrived in the province from elsewhere.

Officials say travel has been on the rise in recent months.

In an email Friday, the Department of Health and Community Services provided CBC News with the number of people arriving in the province by plane or boat:

  • February: 6,534 travelers, 42 percent rotary workers and 14 percent essential workers.
  • Mars: 7,917, 44 percent rotary workers and 16.5 percent essential workers.
  • Avril: 9,807, 38 percent rotary workers and 15 percent essential workers.

Those figures do not include travelers crossing the land border between Labrador and Quebec, the ministry said.

But the increase in travel-related cases is not unexpected, says Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald.

“There is a gradual increase in the number of travelers coming to the province that occurs every year at this time of year. So there is that, but I think it’s just a factor of what’s going on everywhere else, ”she said at Wednesday’s provincial briefing.

“A lot of our trips come from Alberta. We’re seeing huge rates in Alberta, so I think it’s inevitable that when people come back from those places where the incidence is very high, we’ll see more cases after home. “

Fitzgerald said there had been no signs of the virus spreading outside affected households, suggesting returning travelers and their families adhere to self-isolation and follow public health regulations.

On Friday, the department asked anyone on the following flights to organize the tests:

  • Air Canada flight 8990 from Halifax to St. John’s on April 29.
  • Air Canada flight 8016 from Montreal to St. John’s Sunday.
  • Air Canada flight 8016 from Montreal to St. John’s on Tuesday.
  • Air Canada flight 8016 from Montreal to St. John’s Wednesday.

Nova Scotia off limits to travelers from Newfoundland and Labrador

Elsewhere, Nova Scotia reported another day on Friday with a record number of new cases: 227, after reporting 182 on Thursday and 175 on Wednesday. Friday’s new cases bring the province’s active case count to 1,464.

The rapid increase prompted local officials to tighten the borders of Nova Scotia.

“The situation we find ourselves in right now in Nova Scotia is very serious. Our public health staff are overwhelmed and we need to get things under control, ”Premier Iain Rankin said in a press release Friday.

The province is closing its doors to people planning to relocate to the province, as well as non-essential travelers from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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