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Premier says N.B. is ‘on track’ to loosen restrictions by the end of the month

Premier says N.B. is on track to ease limitations by the end of the month

Key takeaways:

  • By the end of the month, Premier Blaine Higgs stated that the province is “on track” to move to Level 2 of its winter plan of action.
  • According to Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, parents in New Brunswick should get their children vaccinated against COVID-19.

Premier Blaine Higgs stated the province is “on track” to move to Level 2 of its winter plan of action by the end of the month.

The province is currently under a 16-day lockdown, with the most severe Level 3 restrictions in place. The lockdown is predicted to last until 11:59 p.m. on January 30.

While there are 450 healthcare workers out of work due to COVID-19, Higgs said at a Friday press conference that the count is not increasing and that there appears to be a “balance” between those who must take time off those who are returning to work.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” he said, “but it’s a positive sign.”

He also stated that there are “early indications” that the rate of hospitalizations is slowing.

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“I want to emphasize that we are most likely not at the peak of our cases and hospitalizations,” Higgs said. “However, thanks to the dedication of multiple teams, our ability to manage the situation is improving.”

2 more people have died due to COVID-19 in New Brunswick, bringing the total number of deaths to 201.

There are 125 people in the hospital, 14 of whom are in intensive care. Nine people are using a ventilator.

One hundred two people in the hospital are 60 or older and two people who are 19 or younger.

Premier says N.B. is on track to ease limitations by the end of the month
Premier says N.B. is on track to ease limitations by the end of the month. Image from CBC

New Brunswick parents should get their children vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

According to her, more than 29,000 children have been vaccinated since children aged five to eleven became eligible. Russell, however, stated that progress has slowed in recent weeks, with only 53% of eligible children receiving their first dose.

“Vaccination, along with masks, maintaining physical distance, and other measures, provides an important level of protection for children,” she said, emphasizing that the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is safe, with an “extremely low” number of adverse effects reported across the country.

“By getting your kids vaccinated, you’ll be assisting them in reclaiming their childhood.”

Source: Global News

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