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COVID-19 cases continue steady, modest climb in Atlantic Canada

Health officials say the new cases are in the central zone, which includes Halifax

November 17, 2020  The Canadian Press

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting five new cases of COVID-19, and now has 24 active cases.

Health officials say the new cases are in the central zone, which includes Halifax.

Two of the cases occurred in two Halifax-area schools and were announced late on Nov. 16, while the other three are close contacts of previously reported cases.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick reported four cases today with three in the Moncton area and one case in the Fredericton health region.

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There were no cases announced in Prince Edward Island, but the province is stepping up public health measures in light of a surge in novel coronavirus cases elsewhere in Canada.

The province announced that effective Nov. 20, it would make the wearing of masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces and also tighten quarantine restrictions for out-of-province workers, requiring that they self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the Island.

Newfoundland and Labrador is also reporting two new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing its number of active cases to nine.

Public Health said it was investigating the source of infection for a case involving a woman between 50 and 59 years of age in the eastern health region who is a resident of the province.

It said the second case was also in the eastern health region and is travel-related, involving a man between 40 and 49 who returned to the province after work in Ontario.