New Brunswick premier encourages people to obey health rules and to get vaccinated

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FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he's disappointed to hear some people are still not following public health restrictions more than a year into the pandemic.

Blaine Higgs says it's important that people obey the rules and also get vaccinated in order to bring the number of COVID-19 cases under control.

While 94 per cent of residents in the province's long-term care homes have received their first dose of vaccine, only 47 per cent of staff in the homes have been vaccinated, and Higgs says he wants to see that number higher.

Health officials are reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the province today.

The new cases involve 11 people in the Edmundston region, three in the Saint John area, two each in the Fredericton and Moncton regions and one in the Bathurst area.

There are now 146 active cases in the province, and there are 15 patients in hospital, including 5 in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021.

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