Nova Scotia reports five new cases of COVID-19, has 24 active known infections

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today.

Health officials say the cases are in the Halifax area: three involve close contacts of previously reported infections and two are related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

The province has 24 active reported infections.

Officials say they had administered 71,733 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, including 21,648 booster shots.

They are "strongly" encouraging asymptomatic residents to get tested for COVID-19, particularly if people are regularly in close contact with others in work or social settings.

Nova Scotia has completed 284,114 COVID-19 tests since Oct. 1.

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

The Canadian Press