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11 new cases of COVID-19 identified in Nova Scotia on Sunday

A doctor in protective gloves and workwear fills an injection syringe with COVID-19 vaccine.
A doctor in protective gloves and workwear fills an injection syringe with COVID-19 vaccine. Getty Images

Nova Scotia has reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 44.

The province said that all 11 new cases are in Central Zone. Six are connected to previously reported cases and five are under investigation.

A potential case was also detected Saturday night, which has not been confirmed positive as of Sunday, as part of a pilot rapid COVID-19 screening program for bar staff and patrons in downtown Halifax.

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According to the province, about 150 rapid tests were done, most on staff. Of 10 patrons tested, one was positive. That person also underwent the standard test, which provides a higher level of accuracy.

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“Results are pending, and the person has been self-isolating since last night,” the province said in a press release.

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Premier Stephen McNeil said that catching even one potential case of COVID-19 can have a huge impact in stopping the spread of the virus.

“It’s an important lesson that we need to limit our social contacts and follow all the other public health guidelines — wear a mask, practise social distancing and wash your hands,” he said.

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Results of last night’s pilot will be used to inform a broader testing strategy, the province stated.

“The majority of new cases we are seeing involve social interactions — people who may or may not be symptomatic going downtown with friends and staying for several hours,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health. “Last night’s pilot provides us more information as our testing and screening strategy continues to evolve.”

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Officials announced a number of new restrictions for the Central Zone on Friday that are set to come into effect on Monday.

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The goal is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the region as officials see community transmission in urban and suburban areas in Halifax.

To date, the province said Nova Scotia has had 128,080 negative test results, 1,179 positive COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths.

No one is currently in hospital, health officials said.

As of Sunday, 1,071 cases are now resolved.