New Brunswick reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the largest one-day increase in cases in the province during the pandemic Active cases are reported in every region of the province

“A new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has arrived in New Brunswick,” said Dr Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer for Health, at a COVID-19 briefing

She said this was not a good situation and that some of the clusters include people who went to holiday gatherings and worked symptomatically

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As a result, more cases are expected in the coming days due to the holiday season and the spread of New Years Eve

According to the province, the nine cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) involve an individual under the age of 19 six people 20-29; a person 30-39; and a person 50-59

The three cases in Zone 2 (Saint John region) involve a person under the age of 19 a person 40-49; and a person 90 and older

The 11 cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) involve two people under the age of 19 a person 20-29; two people 30-39; two people 40-49; three people 50-59; and a person 60-69

The two cases in Zone 4 (Edmundston area) involve an individual between 20 and 29; and a person 50-59

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 662 and 572 have recovered There have been nine deaths and the number of active cases is 80

The province said one patient was hospitalized and in intensive care as of Tuesday, 155253 tests performed

Prime Minister Blaine Higgs, who also attended the meeting, said the entire province will return to the orange COVID-19 recovery phase at midnight on Tuesday, as recommended by Public Health

The orange phase in New Brunswick’s plan seeks to balance reopening businesses with preventing a resurgence of coronavirus transmission

However, the province notes that the orange phase also indicates a “significant risk that COVID-19 is no longer under control in the province”

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in public areas during the orange phase. Masks are to be worn in public outdoor areas when a physical distance of two meters cannot be maintained

In the orange phase, New Brunswickers are confined to a single household bubble that can be expanded to include caregivers or an immediate family member in need of help or support

For example, although groups are allowed to go to restaurants, they are not allowed to sit with people from another household bubble

The province says essential travel is only recommended in and outside of orange zones, however, people can still travel within the province for work, school, important errands, and medical appointments

Higgs said the rise in cases was “alarming indeed,” adding that the province would tighten controls on the self-isolated

He said that on Monday after the vacation trips 6430 residents were in self-isolation and that the number was up to 8000 was

“It is important to self-isolate and avoid contact with other people for 14 days after you’ve traveled to prevent transmission of the virus before symptoms develop or at the earliest stages of the disease,” Russell said

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World News – CA – New Brunswick reports 27 new coronavirus cases, with all zones returning to orange phase