New Brunswick reports two more virus-related deaths and 68 new COVID-19 cases

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting two additional deaths from COVID-19 and 68 new cases of the disease today.

Health officials say the deaths involve two people in their 80s — one in the Fredericton area and one in the Edmundston region.

The province has recorded a total of 56 deaths related to the novel coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the new cases, officials say 58 involve people who are not fully vaccinated.

The province now has a total of 632 active cases, with 40 people hospitalized due to the virus, including 16 patients in intensive care.

Public health officials also reported that 79.5 per cent of people 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, while 88.4 per cent of those eligible have received one dose of a vaccine.

They said 25 of the cases identified Tuesday were in the Fredericton area, 22 were in the Moncton region and 15 were in the Edmundston area.

Another two cases were found in the Saint John region, three were registered in the Campbellton area and one was identified in the Bathurst region.

Officials say positive cases have been confirmed in schools and child-care facilities in the Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Campbellton regions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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