Nova Scotia reports three new COVID-19 infections and three more variant cases

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HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting three new COVID-19 infections today as well as three more cases of a novel coronavirus variant.

The three cases of the variant B.1.1.7 — first identified in the United Kingdom — involve two people in the Halifax area who had travelled together, and one person in the western zone who is not connected to the other two.

Health officials say the three people were tested earlier this month and their cases are being reinvestigated.

The new cases reported today include two in the Halifax area: one related to travel within Atlantic Canada and the other involving a close contact of a previously reported travel case.

The third new case is in the western zone and is under investigation.

Officials have identified a total of six U.K. variant cases in the province; Nova Scotia has 20 active reported infections.

"With more variants identified in the province, I want to thank Nova Scotians for their continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19," Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health, said in a news release. "The best way to protect one another is by following all public health measures."

Health officials also said that as of Monday, 27,966 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered, with 11,532 people having received their required second dose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 23, 2021.

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