Newfoundland and Labrador reports fifth COVID-19-related death, eight new cases

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador health authorities say a fifth person in the province has died from COVID-19.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald teared up and paused for a moment during today's pandemic briefing and asked people to focus on the future.

Officials are also reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 and say six people are in hospital with the disease.

All of the infections announced today are in the eastern health region of the province, which includes the capital, St. John's, and where an outbreak has been flaring for several weeks.

Officials say the outbreak was caused by the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom.

Fitzgerald says though case numbers have been low over the past few days, the province remains in lockdown and people must stay on guard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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