Halifax-area man in his 30s is Nova Scotia’s youngest COVID-19 victim
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin called for caution on Thursday after health officials reported the province’s youngest COVID-19 victim as well as a slight increase in new infections.
Rankin has reported 25 new cases and the death of a man in his 30s in the Halifax area.
“It’s another reminder of how deadly this virus can be and why it’s so important that we take this cautious, evidence-based approach as we start to go through a slow reopening of our economy,” Rankin said. to reporters following a cabinet meeting.
A total of 88 people in Nova Scotia have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Rankin noted that the number of active cases in the province had increased over the past two days, adding that the limited spread of the virus in the Halifax area remained a concern. The province reported 17 cases on Wednesday after identifying 12 cases on Tuesday.
“It’s not a major spike, but it’s another reminder of how serious our cases are,” Rankin said.
The premier called on the public to get tested, saying it was “super important” to help track cases when the province reopens.
Schools in the Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia areas reopened for in-person instruction on Thursday, joining the rest of the province’s schools, which opened on Wednesday.
Nova Scotia’s plan, which began on Wednesday, reopens the economy and lifts health orders in two to four week increments that depend on the number of infections in the province, vaccine rollout and system capacity health professionals to manage new cases.
Rankin has faced criticism from businesses and tourism operators because his government’s timetable for reopening the borders is not coordinated with other Atlantic provinces. He clarified his position after declaring the death of the Atlantic travel bubble on Wednesday.
“It’s not my decision that it’s dead, it’s just a fact that two provinces are opening up beyond the Atlantic region,” he told reporters. Last summer’s Atlantic tourism bubble allowed area residents to cross borders without needing to self-isolate for two weeks.
The premier said Nova Scotia may be ready to reopen to travelers from the Atlantic provinces by June 30, but New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have plans to open to travelers. across Canada by July 1.
Rankin said plans in other provinces were no reason for Nova Scotia to follow suit, adding that reopening the borders would likely be discussed again by the region’s premiers later in June.
COVID-19 testing will begin June 14 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the province is considering ways to set up testing at its land entry points, he said. Rankin said travelers from other parts of Canada who venture to Nova Scotia will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Meanwhile, the province shortened the interval between the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. People who received their first injection between March 11 and March 21 and are due for their booster injection between June 24 and July 3 can now defer to earlier dates. About 8,600 people received their first doses during this time.
The province announced Thursday that it had administered more than 600,000 doses of the vaccine. It has set itself the goal of vaccinating at least 75% of its population.
Nova Scotia has 273 active reported cases of COVID-19 and 22 people hospitalized with the disease, nine of whom are in intensive care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 3, 2021.