The majority of cases reported in Newfoundland and Labrador in recent weeks are directly related to travel.
There are three new confirmed cases in the province today; two in the Eastern Health Region and one in Western Health. One is travel related, the other is close contact with a previous case, and one case – at Eastern Health – is under investigation.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Janice Fitzgerald said after extensive testing they found no evidence of the community spreading in the southwestern part of the island. From tomorrow, the area will return to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 4, which was imposed last week.
Although the risk of importation remains high, Fitzgerald said, there are signs of improvement across the country as the number of daily cases continues to decline.
Nationally, the number of cases is down 22% from the previous week and 28% in Atlantic Canada.
Health officials say 50 percent of eligible NL residents will have received their first dose of the vaccine by the end of the day.
With vaccination rates on the rise in the province, Fitzgerald says there is light at the end of the tunnel.
She says Alert Level 1 is in sight and that they will ease restrictions based on a number of factors, including the epidemiology outside the province and the number of people who have received the drugs. two doses of the vaccine, among others.