N.B. reports 65 new COVID cases, as circuit-breaker rules set to begin in Miramichi

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FREDERICTON — New Brunswick is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 today, as health orders are set to change in several parts of the province.

The Health Department says 19 people are in hospital with the disease, including 11 in intensive care.

A 14-day so-called "circuit-breaker" lockdown is set to go into effect at 6 p.m. in much of the Miramichi region, which authorities say has one of the highest positivity rates in the province.

Rules include limits on indoor private gatherings, and travel to or from affected areas is restricted.

The circuit breaker in effect in the Moncton region has been extended for another seven days in the municipalities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview.

In the rest of the Moncton region as well as the Saint John region, circuit-breaker rules lifted today.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said in a release that enforcement will be increased in the Moncton region. “Residents in Moncton are going on week five of circuit-breaker measures, and I understand that people are feeling tired and frustrated; however, the issue of household gatherings and people not isolating is our major source of problems in that area."

New Brunswick has 580 active reported cases of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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