Health officials in New Brunswick report 12 new cases of COVID-19

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FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 12 new cases of COVID 19 today, all of them people under the age of 60.

The province also reported one virus-related death; a person in their 80s with underlying health conditions who was living in northern New Brunswick.

The latest death brings the province's total number of virus-related fatalities to 18.

As for the new cases, more than half of them were reported in the Edmundston area of northern New Brunswick, which is currently in the midst of a full lockdown.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick has risen to 1,230.

That number includes 928 recoveries and 283 active cases.

"It is never easy to hear that a fellow New Brunswicker has died from COVID-19," Premier Blaine Higgs said in a statement. "Marcia and I extend our deepest sympathies to the person's loved ones during their time of mourning."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 30, 2021.

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