Nova Scotia has recorded three more deaths as a result of COVID-19.
That now means seven people have died in the province as a result of the disease.
All three deaths occurred at Northwood Manor in Halifax on Friday.
The facility has seen an extraordinary spike in cases with the number of people who have tested positive climbing to 84 residents and staff as of Friday.
“My greatest fear was that this virus would make its way into our long-term care homes,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, in a statement.
“I was so sad to learn of this devasting loss of life.
“We are working with Northwood to implement an emergency plan to isolate the virus and protect your loved ones.”
As of Saturday, the province has recorded an additional 43 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total to 649.
The province did not hold a televised update with Premier Stephen McNeil or Dr. Robert Strang on Saturday but are expected to address the deaths on Sunday.
As of Saturday, the province says 184 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Eleven patients remain in hospital, with five in intensive care.
The four people who have previously died include a woman in her 80s in Cape Breton, a woman in her 70s in Cape Breton, a woman in her 90s in Cape Breton and a man in his 80s in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
All four had underlying medical conditions.
No details were provided on the three deaths announced Saturday.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
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