New Brunswick officials report five new COVID-19 cases and confirm one variant case

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FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today.

Three of the cases are in the Edmundston region, while the Moncton and Miramichi regions each have one new case.

There are now 36 active cases in the province and three patients are hospitalized, including two in intensive care.

A recently reported presumptive case of a variant in the Miramichi region has been confirmed by Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory to be the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom.

Mass testing clinics have been set up in the Miramichi area to determine if there has been any further spread of the virus.

Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 1,443 confirmed cases in New Brunswick and 28 COVID-19-related deaths,

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mar. 4, 2021.

The Canadian Press