Nova Scotia reports no new cases of COVID-19 one year after virus first detected

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HALIFAX — One year to the day Nova Scotia announced it's first three presumptive COVID-19 cases, the province is reporting no new cases of novel coronavirus.

Health officials say the province currently has 17 active infections.

One person is currently in hospital in intensive care due to COVID-19.

In a news release, chief medical officer or health Dr. Robert Strang says the past year has been difficult on everyone, especially the families of the 65 Nova Scotians who have died from the disease.

Strang lauded Nova Scotians for listening to public health advice that he says has ensured that "we are living as safe as possible."

As of Sunday, officials say, 48,077 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province, with 16,113 people having received their second dose.

Premier Iain Rankin also marked the one year anniversary of the pandemic's arrival in the province, saying the public could be proud of its efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

"This year has been far from easy, but Nova Scotians have stepped up and done their part by following the public health measures," Rankin said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2021.

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