New Brunswick reports 67 new cases of COVID-19 as new quarantine rules take effect

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting 67 new cases of COVID-19 today as the province continues to battle the fourth wave of the virus.

Public health officials also recorded 81 recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases to 593.

They say there are 17 people in intensive care and another 13 in hospital for a total of 30 patients hospitalized in the province.

Officials say new infections and hospitalizations continue to affect unvaccinated people the most.

The New Brunswick government tightened quarantine rules this week to address persistently high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

As of 6 p.m. Friday, if someone tests positive for COVID-19, everyone in their household — regardless of their vaccination status — must isolate for up to 14 days. Failure to do so could result in a fine of between $480 and $20,400.

Household members who are fully vaccinated will be able to leave isolation if they test negative after five days and will also need a negative test on Day 10. Until now, isolation has not been required for household members who are vaccinated.

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

The Canadian Press

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