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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

As cases remain high, New Brunswick will move to a stricter Level 2 next week

New Brunswick will move to a stricter Level 2 next week

Key takeaways:

  • New Brunswick reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 and announced on December 27 that the province would be upgraded to Alert Level 2.
  • Restaurants, businesses, and gyms will be required to operate at 50% capacity, with a physical separation or barrier between tables of two metres enforced.

In reply to the rising number of cases in Atlantic Canada and across the country, New Brunswick reported 156 new cases of COVID-19 and announced that the province would move to Alert Level 2 on December 27.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said COVID-19 infections are on the rise everywhere, and it’s only a matter of time before New Brunswick experiences the same surge.

At a COVID-19 briefing, Russell stated, “The Omicron variant is far more contagious.”

Also read: New Brunswick has the highest single-day COVID-19 case count

She explained that once the Omicron variant replaces Delta as the dominant strain, the province expects numbers to double every three days, resulting in up to 250 new cases per day being reported to public health.

By the end of January, there could be as many as 400 cases per day.

“The restrictions put in the position last week will reduce the spread but not eliminate it,” Russell said. “In the weeks and days ahead, we’ll have to do even more to get more New Brunswickers vaccinated and boosted.”

In the meantime, hospitalization rates have remained consistent. As of Tuesday, there were 41 patients in the hospital, 19 of whom were in the intensive care unit.

New Brunswick will move to a stricter Level 2 next week
New Brunswick will move to a stricter Level 2 next week. Image from CBC

“We’re all watching with concern,” New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said after the province was upgraded to Alert Level 2.

The province, according to Higgs, wants to make sure rising hospitalizations don’t overburden the health system, and the new restrictions will help with that.

Under the Level 2 alert, New Brunswickers must limit their households to 10 people starting December 27 at 11:59 a.m.

Restaurants, businesses, and gyms will be required to operate at 50% capacity, with a two-meter physical separation or barrier between tables enforced. Salons/spas and entertainment centers are in the same boat.

According to Higgs, without a choir, faith venues will have to operate at 50% capacity.

He said, “This is the season to help others by…getting vaccinated and getting tested when necessary.”

Source: Global News

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