The four new cases in the province are:
- A man from Eastern Health Region aged 20 to 39 who had recently traveled to Canada.
- A man from the Western Health Region under the age of 20 who is in close contact with a previous case.
- A man from the Western Health Region between the ages of 20 and 39 who is in close contact with a previous case.
- A man from the Western Health Region between 40 and 49 years of age who is close contact with a previous case.
Contact tracing is in progress. Anyone considered to be close contact has been notified of the quarantine.
There has been no new recovery since Sunday and 1,038 people have recovered since the start of the pandemic. There are two people in the hospital due to COVID-19.
The new case on board the freighter brings the total number of cases on board to 13. Testing of all crew members has been completed. One crew member is in hospital, while the rest of the crew remain on board, according to the health ministry.
There are 19 crew on board, originally from India, according to Jim Given, president of the International Seafarers Union of Canada, who spoke to CBC News on Monday.
There are 56 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, including positive cases on the ship.
Due to one of today’s new cases, the Department of Health is asking passengers who traveled on Air Canada flight 8996 between Halifax and St. John’s on Friday to arrange a COVID-19 test.
The provincial government’s daily COVID-19 media advisories recently began to include the following line: “We are seeing increased travel in the province.”
CBC News requested an interview Tuesday with Minister of Health John Haggie or Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Janice Fitzgerald, but a spokesperson said that would not be possible.
“Some examples of the types of trips we might reasonably expect during this time of year are returning home students, residents spending winters out of province, shift workers, and those traveling for jobs. essentials and those moving to the province, ”said a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Community Services.
In April, 327 travel exemption requests to enter Newfoundland and Labrador were approved, out of 364 requests that were reviewed. This is much higher than the 199 exemption requests approved out of the 207 reviewed in March.
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