The death was a woman in her 80s in the Central Health Zone. Of the 20 new cases, 14 were in the central health zone, five in the east zone and one in the west zone.
There are 42 people hospitalized with the virus, including 17 in intensive care.
In a press release, Premier Iain Rankin offered his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and urged Nova Scotians not to be complacent.
“While the number of our cases is declining, we cannot forget that 42 Nova Scotians are hospitalized,” he said.
“Let’s all make sure no more Nova Scotians are hospitalized by strictly following the restrictions and getting tested and vaccinated.” “
The province has 505 active cases of COVID-19.
Nova Scotia Health Laboratories performed 6,157 tests on Saturday.
With new daily cases on a downward trend and by Friday 53% of Nova Scotians received at least one dose of the vaccine, the province will begin the first phase of a four-phase reopening plan on Wednesday.
Each phase will last two to four weeks, depending on COVID-19 activity in the province, screening capacity, and hospitalization and vaccination rates.
Speaking at a briefing Friday, Dr Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said the province had determined that a “slow and cautious approach was working.”
The first phase will see schools outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality and Sydney revert to in-person learning.
Starting Wednesday, non-essential retail stores will be able to operate at 25% of capacity once physical distancing is ensured.
Patios and outdoor dining will also be allowed to open with a distance of six feet between groups and a maximum of 10 people per table.
Atlantic Canada Case Numbers
- New Brunswick reported 9 new cases on Sunday. The province has 143 active cases.
- Newfoundland and Labrador reported nine new cases on Saturday and 100 active cases. Four people are hospitalized with the virus.
- PEI reported two new cases on Friday. There are 12 active cases.