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 travellers to the province from Newfoundland and Labrador will have to immediately isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says the decision comes after health officials in the Atlantic province reported 30 new COVID-19 infections today — the highest daily case count since late March.

Officials in Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 today and said the province had nine active known infections.

They say the 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.

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

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