After five weeks and an outbreak, N.L.'s daily COVID-19 numbers hit zero again

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — For the first time since an outbreak swept through the capital and prompted a provincewide lockdown, Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting no new cases of COVID-19.

The last time the province had no new cases was Feb. 2, before the outbreak hit.

Since then, 603 cases have been reported, more than were recorded during the first 11 months of the pandemic.

As the province emerges from the outbreak, officials are gradually loosening public health restrictions and new rules will come into effect Saturday.

The Avalon region, which includes St. John's, will move to Alert Level 4, which allows childcare centres to open completely and retail stores to operate at half capacity.

The rest of the province will move to Alert Level 3, which allows households to maintain a group of 10 steady contacts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 10, 2021.

The Canadian Press