N.S. medical officer says asymptomatic testing has declined as case counts fall

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health says asymptomatic testing has declined across the province as the number of infections of COVID-19 fell recently.

Dr. Robert Strang says the province's daily count of new cases has remained low since his last briefing on Friday.

But Strang says the drop seen in asymptomatic testing might be because people in the province are less concerned about the disease as case numbers drop.

Strang says the province is now encouraging all Nova Scotians to make testing a part of their ongoing “personal COVID protocol,” especially for those with a high number of contacts.

The province announced one new case of the disease today, bringing the active case count to 11.

Officials say the case was found in the province's central zone and is related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2021.

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