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N.L. expands public health restrictions, reports 45 new COVID cases as cluster grows

It's the highest daily number of new infections since Feb. 19
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 new presumptive cases.

It's the highest daily number of new infections since Feb. 19, when the province was grappling with an outbreak in St. John's that delayed the provincial election.

The province's acting chief medical officer of health says 39 of the 45 cases announced today are in the central region of Newfoundland, where there are 70 confirmed cases and confirmed community spread.

Dr. Rosann Seviour says public health is imposing heightened restrictions in the Twillingate, N.L., and Summerford, N.L., areas, where 10 cases have been confirmed at a school.

Seviour says there are 109 active reported COVID-19 infections in the province and two people in hospital with the disease.

The government says nearly 80 per cent of eligible residents were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday and more than 87 per cent had received at least one dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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