New Brunswick reports 36 new cases of COVID-19, moves Edmundston region to red alert

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting 36 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single day total in the province since the pandemic began.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, says 24 of the new cases are in the Edmundston area, which is being moved to the red alert level of virus precaution as of 12:01 a.m. Monday as a result of the recent spike.

Russell says schools will remain open under the red-zone rules, but many businesses will be required to close or reduce services to essential levels, while residents will be asked to stay home as much as possible.

Russell says five of the remaining cases are in the Moncton region, four are in the Saint John area, two in the Fredericton region and one is in the Bathurst area.

She says while the other zones will remain at the orange alert level for the time being, it's clear the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions are on the cusp of moving to the red alert level.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in New Brunswick currently stands at 292.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2021.

The Canadian Press