N.S. imposes 14-day quarantine rules on N.L. travellers amid jump in COVID-19 cases

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HALIFAX — Health officials in Nova Scotia are imposing new restrictions on travellers from Newfoundland and Labrador following a jump in COVID-19 infections in St. John's.

Officials say that beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m., people arriving in the province from Newfoundland and Labrador will have to immediately isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said the decision comes after Newfoundland and Labrador health officials reported 30 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday — the province's highest daily case count since last March.

Nova Scotia has had a “good run” in the last few weeks, McNeil told reporters on Tuesday, with very few new cases reported. “Other provinces have not been so fortunate, including our neighbours across the Atlantic,” he said.

Officials in Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 Tuesday and said the province had nine known active infections. They say the new case is located in the Halifax area and related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

The spike in cases in Newfoundland and Labrador comes a day after Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, the province's chief medical officer of health, said three clusters in St. John's were evidence of community spread.

On the vaccine front, chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said Nova Scotia is expecting 8,775 doses of Pfizer vaccine next week, the “single biggest shipment of vaccine" the province has received to date.

Strang added that the province is now looking to ramp up its vaccine program to quickly administer the incoming shipment. As of Monday, 18,826 COVID-19 doses had been administered in Nova Scotia, 5,642 of which were second shots.

Strang also provided details on the prototype community vaccination clinic he announced last week that’s set to open later this month. The first clinic will vaccinate people 80 years and older and will act as a test run for future community clinics.

He said 500 randomly selected people from that age group will be vaccinated with the two doses necessary for near-complete protection from the disease.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 9, 2021.

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

Danielle Edwards, The Canadian Press