Nova Scotia reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the province closed its border for “non-essential” passengers from most parts of the country.
Of the 38 new cases, 33 were reported in the Halifax area; Three other cases were registered in the eastern region, while each of the north and west regions registered a new case. The province currently has 111 active cases.
New travel restrictions previously announced came into effect on Thursday morning: non-essential travel to Nova Scotia is now banned from anywhere in the country except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland — and Labrador.
The Halifax School Board also confirmed that a total of seven schools were closed due to confirmed cases. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union calls for the immediate evaluation and improvement of protocols in schools. The union also called for vaccination of teachers and school staff as a priority.
The outbreak in Nova Scotia led the government to cancel the World Women’s Hockey Championship, which was scheduled to take place in Halifax and True next month. Therefore this tournament has been canceled for the second consecutive year due to the epidemic. This year’s one was postponed from April to May, before finally being canceled.
Neighboring Prince Edward Island on Thursday reported a new case of COVID-19, a man arriving on the island from outside of Atlantic Canada. There were 12 active cases in the state on Thursday. Prince Edward Island has recorded a total of 175 infections since the onset of the epidemic and no deaths from the virus.
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