New Brunswick reports 118 new COVID-19 cases

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting 118 new cases of COVID-19 and 107 recoveries.

Health officials say 42 people are currently in hospital as a result of the disease, including 17 in intensive care.

Officials say most of those who are hospitalized, as well as most of the new cases, continue to be people who are unvaccinated.

Since the Omicron variant was declared a variant of concern on Nov. 26, the province says 568 samples, including all travel-related cases, have been sequenced with 31 cases confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, says since the variant is highly transmissible, people are urged to follow all public health measures and to book an appointment for a booster dose of vaccine as soon as they are eligible.

Public health is reporting that 82.6 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 89.5 per cent have received their first shot of vaccine and 14 per cent have received a booster dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 20, 2021.

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