New Brunswick reports two more COVID-19 deaths, both in Edmundston region

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick health officials are reporting two deaths linked to COVID-19 today, both in the Edmundston region currently under lockdown.

Health authorities say the deaths involve a nursing home resident in their 80s at the Manoir Belle Vue and a person in their 60s.

The province now has 20 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, along with 1,337 infections and 1,095 recoveries.

Of the 12 new cases, ten are in the Edmundston area, which has about two-thirds of the 221 active cases in the province.

Eight people are listed in hospital and two in intensive care.

Premier Blaine Higgs offered his condolences to the families in a statement and encouraged the population to remain on guard and follow public health rules.

"We continue to have challenges in the daily case counts, but the trends are improving," Higgs said. "Our goal is to keep the virus contained and to keep one another safe and healthy."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 6, 2021.

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