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Nova Scotia has two new presumptive cases of COVID-19

The two cases are in Halifax Regional Municipality and are related
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Nova Scotia has two new presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to 5.

The province's Department of Health and Wellness says the man and women in their 50s live in Halifax Regional Municipality.

The pair were in close contact with people who had recently travelled outside the country.

They are now in self-isolation and recovering at home. Two other people who live with them are also self-isolating and are being tested.

Public health officials are working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them and they are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.

On Sunday, the province announced its first three presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus.

At a press conference, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang told the public that the three cases are not related to each other.

They include a 61-year-old female from King's County who travelled to Australia, a 50-year-old male who lives in HRM and travelled to the United States, and a male in his 30s who travelled extensively throughout Europe.

Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada or has been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .

Quick Facts:
-- as of March 16, Nova Scotia has completed 676 tests for COVID-19, with 671 negative results and five presumptive positive cases. Testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
-- the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice
-- Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act gives the chief medical officer of health the authority to give advice to protect public health and decrease risk to public health presented by communicable diseases such as COVID-19

Additional Resources:
The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397
Nova Scotia Public Health offices: http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices

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