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Still no plans to close border to New Brunswick following jump in COVID cases: Strang

Dr. Robert Strang says he is concerned about variant cases spreading
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Dr. Robert Strang at a COVID-19 briefing on Friday, March 26, 2021

Nova Scotia's top doctor says despite a jump in COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick, our province has no plans to close the border at this time

Recently, New Brunswick has seen an increase in cases in the Edmundston area, prompting our province to recommend against non-essential travel to that area.

Speaking at Friday's COVID-19 briefing, Dr. Robert Strang says he is concerned about variant cases spreading.

"Many provinces are battling the variants and they're seeing increased case numbers and corresponding tightening of restrictions and I am watching most closely what is happening in New Brunswick," said the province's chief medical officer of health.

Strang reiterated there is no reason to close the border at this time.

"The cases are isolated to that particular area in Northern New Brunswick and travel in and out of that area is restricted," said Strang.

"However, if the outbreak starts to move in other parts of New Brunswick or I feel the situation is getting worse and Nova Scotians are at increased risk, I will not hesitate to make a recommendation to the premier to reinstate the 14-day quarantine for people coming from New Brunswick."

The Atlantic Bubble is expected to be reopened by April 19.

Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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