Premier Blaine Higgs said the province has surpassed its goal of vaccinating 75 percent of the eligible population with its first dose and that there are now 81 percent.
“By the end of next week, the percentage of eligible New Brunswickers vaccinated with the second dose will be high enough to offset many of the risks of living with COVID-19,” Higgs said in a briefing on COVID-19 Friday.
Effective July 30 at 11:59 p.m., the end of the mandatory order will lift mandatory travel and public health restrictions, all provincial border restrictions, and people will no longer be required to wear face masks in public.
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However, the province said some facilities and companies may choose to maintain their own policies on health protection measures.
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“When we move to Green, not everyone will feel ready to come back to life as if nothing had happened. We will all have to adapt to this new environment in our own way, ”Higgs said.
As of Friday, 62.7% of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated and 81.2% have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Three new cases
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jennifer Russell said most people infected and requiring hospitalization are not vaccinated.
She said cases remain low and those that are reported are mainly related to travel.
Public health reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Two of the cases are in Zone 2 (Saint John area) and are travel related.
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The only case is in Zone 3 (Fredericton area) and is under investigation.
The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,350. Since Thursday, there has been a new recovery for a total of 2,293 recoveries.
There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 10. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick.
Since Thursday, 727 tests have been carried out for a total of 376,470.
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