New Brunswick orders 'circuit breaker' restrictions in northwest after COVID outbreak

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is imposing "circuit-breaker" restrictions in the northwest of the province for at least four days to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

The city of Edmundston and the upper Madawaska region, which border Quebec and Maine, will move to the province's "red" pandemic-alert level at 6 p.m.

Health officials say the rest of the province remains at the lower "yellow" level.

Officials are reporting 30 new cases of COVID-19 today, including 24 in the Edmundston region.

Red-level restrictions include a travel ban in and out of the affected area and a limit on gatherings to members of a household.

New Brunswick has 89 active reported cases of COVID-19 and three patients in hospital with the disease.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Mar. 25, 2021.

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