Circuit breaker in Saint John, N.B., goes online, officials report 48 new COVID cases

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ST. JOHN, N.B. — A significant part of the Saint John region in New Brunswick will be entering a 14-day circuit breaker today in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Chief medical officer Dr. Jennifer Russell previously said while case numbers across the province are trending downward overall, the seven-day average of cases has been steadily rising in the region over the last week.

The new tougher public health measures will begin at 6 p.m. local time and impact several areas including the Saint John metropolitan area.

Officials say the existing circuit breakers in the Moncton, Fredericton, Edmundston and Campbellton regions will continue for another seven days.

Health officials in New Brunswick are also reporting 48 new cases of COVID-19.

There are 41 new recoveries in the province, bringing the active case count to 556, with 28 people in hospital.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2021.

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