Health officials in New Brunswick report seven new COVID-19 cases

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FREDERICTON — Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 today.

Five of the new cases are in the Edmundston region, which remains under lockdown, and the two other cases are in Moncton and Fredericton.

The province says it has 228 active reported cases and that six people are hospitalized with the disease, including three in intensive care.

Officials say a close contact of someone who had tested positive for the U.K. COVID-19 variant has become infected with what authorities suspect is the variant.

Health Department spokesman Bruce Macfarlane says a sample of the suspect case will be analyzed and in the meantime, he says the person is being treated as if they have the variant.

New Brunswick has reported a total of 1,325 COVID-19 infections and 18 COVID-related deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 5, 2021.

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