New Brunswick reports 2 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

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New Brunswick health officials reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and said 48 active cases remain in the province.

One of the cases is in the Edmundston region and is an individual in their 60s. The other case is an individual in their 40s located in the Bathurst region.

The province says both cases are under investigation.

New Brunswick has confirmed 1,486 cases of COVID-19 to date, of which 1,407 have recovered.

There have been 30 deaths linked to the virus in the province and one patient is currently hospitalized.

On Thursday, 716 tests for COVID-19 were conducted, for a total 243,732 tests since the pandemic began.

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Atlantic bubble to return April 19 if COVID-19 remains under control

As of 8 a.m. on Saturday, people in New Brunswick will be able to enter Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate for 14 days.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said on Friday that they look forward to reopening the entire Atlantic bubble, but in the meantime, with case numbers declining, the province is comfortable opening the New Brunswick border.

However, those entering New Brunswick from Nova Scotia must still self-isolate for 14 days.

In a Friday afternoon statement, spokesperson for the N.B. Department of Health Bruce Macfarlane said the province will be reopening the Atlantic bubble no later than April 19.

However, the bubble is “conditional upon COVID-19 case numbers remaining low, containing outbreaks, and advice from public health.”

Macfarlane said in an email that currently anyone entering the province, including New Brunswickers returning from Nova Scotia, is still required to isolate for 14 days.

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“The decision to ease travel restrictions will continue to be closely monitored and may change at any time, based on public health advice.”

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