Nova Scotia reports seven new cases of COVID-19, has 49 active cases

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19 today and has a total of 49 active infections.

Health officials say four of the most recent cases are in the Halifax area, with two close contacts of previously reported cases, one related to international travel and the other under investigation.

The three other cases are in the eastern health zone and are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada.

Officials say one of the close contact cases in the Halifax area involves a second staff member at Glasgow Hall, a long-term care home in Dartmouth.

As a precaution, officials say residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms and the facility is closed to visitors and designated caregivers.

All residents have been tested and officials say testing was completed Saturday for all staff who are close contacts of the two employees who tested positive.

Unrelated to the cases identified Sunday, officials confirmed the results of previous testing that identified 22 new variant cases, including the first case of the mutation first identified in Brazil.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Robert Strang said while more cases have been confirmed as variants, it was a good sign that they are mainly linked to travel.

"We are detecting them through testing and containing them before they can spread widely within Nova Scotia," Strang said in a news release. "This is another reminder why it's important for people to not travel unless it's absolutely necessary."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 18, 2021.

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