Nova Scotia is reporting 24 new COVID-19 deaths this week.
That's a big jump up from last week's 13.
The province says hospital admissions due to the virus are also on the rise, with 91 this week compared to 84 last week.
However, the number of new PCR-confirmed cases is down to 5,436 in this week's epidemiologic summary for the seven-day period ending April 25. The week before, the lab processed 7,508 positive PCR tests.
"The data this week on PCR-confirmed infections suggest the peak of the sixth wave is behind us," said Dr. Shelley Deeks, Nova Scotia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in a news release. "While the increase in hospitalizations and deaths is not unexpected, they are not insignificant, either."
"Behind each of these 24 COVID-19 deaths is a family grieving an incalculable loss. It is those families and those loved ones that we should keep in mind. That's why we get vaccinated. That's why we wear a mask. That's why we stay home when we're sick."
Those who received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine had an 85.2 per cent lower risk of hospitalization and a 92.7 per cent lower risk of death than those who were unvaccinated or had only one dose.
As of April 27, 64.7 per cent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received at least one booster dose.