No new COVID-19 cases, three new variant cases identified

No new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, March 29.

Three new UK variant cases have been identified in the province, none of which are connected to Kings Wharf. Two are in Central Zone and are related to international travel. One case is considered resolved, the other is still self-isolating. The other is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel within Canada. The case is considered resolved.

At this time, there is no sign of community spread from the variant cases.

This brings the total number of cases of the UK variant in Nova Scotia to 17 and the South African variant remains at 10.

“Nova Scotian’s vigilance is paying off as we continue to see few or no new cases being reported daily,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “However, as we’ve seen elsewhere, complacency can quickly open the door for the resurgence of COVID-19.”

As of today, Nova Scotia has 24 active cases of COVID-19.

“Our continued strong testing numbers in combination with people following the public health protocols is a good formula to keep us where we need to be,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “We must stay the course. Please continue to wear a mask, limit social contacts, practise social distancing, adhere to the gathering limit, stay home if you feel unwell and wash your hands.”

Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 2,003 Nova Scotia tests on March 28.

As of March 28, 89,194 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 24,344 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since Oct. 1, Nova Scotia has completed 296,323 tests. There have been 622 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. One person is in hospital. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 80. There are 597 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

Nova Scotians are strongly encouraged to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have a large number of close contacts due to their work or social activities. Appointments can be booked at , by choosing the asymptomatic option. Rapid testing pop-up sites continue to be set up around the province as well. More information on testing can be found at .

Source: Release #notw

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