More than a dozen schools close in New Brunswick as COVID-19 cases continue to rise – .

More than a dozen schools close in New Brunswick as COVID-19 cases continue to rise – .

FREDERICTON – Another sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick forced more than a dozen schools to close on Monday.

The growing number of closures follows reports over the weekend that the latest rise in infections in the province shows no signs of abating.

Health officials reported 93 new cases and two virus-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total death toll from the pandemic in the province to 66.

As of Sunday, the province was treating 759 active cases, more than triple the number in neighboring Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick is also reporting a growing number of hospitalizations, with 45 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 20 in intensive care – numbers about four times higher than in Nova Scotia.

New Brunswick reported its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 infections on Saturday, with 140 new cases recorded and four additional deaths attributed to the virus.

In Nova Scotia, health officials reported 86 new cases over the weekend, 77% of which were reported in the central area, which includes Halifax. New cases have also been reported in the other three health zones in the province.

The 67 new cases in the central area are linked to community spread, mostly among unvaccinated people between the ages of 20 and 40 who participate in social activities, the province said.

In addition, seven schools in Nova Scotia were notified of COVID-19 exposures over the weekend. No schools have been closed, but about a dozen have placed limits on non-essential visitors, extracurricular activities and movement within buildings.

The province released a statement on Monday stressing that school exhibits do not mean the virus is spread within the school or that the first cases were first exposed to the virus in a school.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 4, 2021.


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