New Brunswick reports no new COVID-19 cases for 16th day in a row
The province of New Brunswick announced has reported no new cases of COVID-19 for the 16th day in a row. It also announced Saturday that all 118 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had recovered. It is the only province so far able to make this encouraging announcement.
However, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell is advising New Brunswick residents to remain vigilant, especially as the weather begins to improve: "As we begin the third week of no new COVID-19 cases, I recognize families want to get outside and spend more time together," she said in a statement released Sunday. "But it is crucial that everyone adheres to the rule about two households bubbling only with each other. Also, when outside, it is important to continue to practise physical distancing." At a press briefing Monday morning, she continued: “Going as long as we have with no new cases is a significant achievement, matched by very few jurisdictions anywhere in the world. We have flattened the curve in New Brunswick. But keeping it flat will require continued vigilance, sacrifice and co-operation from everyone in our province.”
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs echoed her statements: "We have come a long way, but we are still vulnerable. We expect to have more cases. Our province is still under a state of emergency, and we must continue to follow the advice of Public Health."