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New Brunswick sets another record for daily increase in COVID-19 cases: 86

Premier Blaine Higgs reimposed a state of emergency on Friday

The COVID-19 case count continues to rise in New Brunswick, where health officials reported 86 new cases Monday — another record daily high since the pandemic began.

Premier Blaine Higgs reimposed a state of emergency on Friday after a senior health official admitted the province made a mistake by lifting all health protection measures on July 30.

With an active caseload of 650 as of Monday, the province was treating 41 patients in hospital — 16 of them in intensive care. Health officials confirmed that 78 per cent of the new cases were among those not fully vaccinated.

"The surge in COVID-19 cases is causing delays at assessment centres throughout the province and leading to longer-than-anticipated wait times for appointments and test results," the province said in a statement Monday.

New cases were reported in six of the province's seven health regions, and about two-thirds of all cases were among people under the age of 40. As well, positive cases have been confirmed in schools and child-care facilities in and around Moncton, Fredericton and Edmundston.

New Brunswick has resumed health protection measures aimed at limiting contacts, ensuring physical distancing and requiring certain businesses and events to have vaccination or masking-and-testing policies.

Under the new rules, masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and people must show proof of full vaccination when attending certain events and businesses.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, health officials reported one death linked to COVID-19 on Monday, and 25 new cases.

Since the pandemic began, a total of eight people in the province have died after getting infected with the virus. The latest victim was identified as a man from the province's central region who was in his 60s.

Twenty-two new infections were reported in the central region and three were in the eastern region. The new cases include 13 people under the age of 40.

Of the 155 active reported cases in Newfoundland and Labrador, three involved people in hospital. The province's total number of cases has risen to 1,717.

Meanwhile, an investigation continues into the source of a cluster of cases in the central region, which now includes 77 cases in Baie Verte and 50 in Twillingate and nearby New World Island. Another cluster in Labrador has 21 confirmed cases.

And an investigation into a cluster of eight cases in the western region has proven inconclusive.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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