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Nova Scotia COVID-19 cases rise by 34 as province processes more tests

Nova Scotia identified 34 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the total to 407 as numbers continued to rise under expanded testing criteria.

Nova Scotia identified 34 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the total to 407 as numbers continued to rise under expanded testing criteria.

Premier Stephen McNeil said in a statement that nearly 1,000 tests are being processed every day now that travel has been removed from the screening criteria.

He said this has led to more cases being identified, including those with mild symptoms. 

The province had 173 reported cases as of April 1, a number that has risen rapidly since the province became the last in Canada to report a case of COVID-19. Ninety-three people have recovered.

Three cases were reported in Newfoundland and Labrador Friday, bringing the total to 239.

Chief medical officer Janice Fitzgerald said earlier this week that the province is also working on expanding testing criteria to cover more people.

New Brunswick reported one new case Friday, bringing the total to 112.

A news release from the province repeated messages that people should remain vigilant with distancing measures over the Easter weekend to contain the illness.

Prince Edward Island had 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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