As March break winds down, COVID-19 numbers take small jump in Nova Scotia

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia logged a small jump in COVID-19 cases on Sunday as March Break wound down across the province.

Health authorities reported six new cases of the illness, the highest number in the past 14 days.

Four of the cases were in the central zone, which includes Halifax, with three of the infections close contacts of previously reported patients and the other related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

Two other cases are in the province's eastern zone and are both related to travel outside Nova Scotia.

Premier Iain Rankin urged citizens to keep social circles small, follow public health measures and get tested as children and teenagers head back to school on Monday.

Nova Scotia had 21 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.

Meanwhile, the focus is shifting towards ramping up vaccination programs for teachers at schools across New Brunswick.

The province issued in a news release Sunday saying it expects 4,500 high school staff will receive a first dose at a clinic in one of 16 locations over the course of the week.

Schools will be closed to students on the days that local clinics are being held to allow for staff to be vaccinated and plan for the full return to class.

New Brunswick reported just one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the provincewide active case count to 49.

There were no new cases over the weekend in Newfoundland and Labrador, and preparations were underway to vaccinate more first responders.

Labrador-Grenfell Health will start vaccinations for first responders Monday.

Other regions of the province held clinics for police, firefighters and paramedics over the past week.

Pre-registration is underway in Newfoundland for people 70 years of age and older to receive their shots.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 21, 2021.

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