Maritime provinces are beefing up measures to stop spread of COVID-19

Beefing up restrictions

Prince Edward Island is ushering in "circuit breaker measures" to interrupt the chain of transmission in the province as it reports six new cases of COVID-19.

The province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Heather Morrison, says gatherings must be limited to the immediate household, plus a circle of 10 contacts.

Organized gatherings will be limited to 50 people, and wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited.

Sports games and tournaments must be cancelled, and in-person dining is barred.


Four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia as stricter rules are ushered in to stop the spread of the virus there as well. 

Provincial health officials say three of the cases are in the Halifax region and are all close contacts of previously identified patients, while the fourth case in eastern Nova Scotia is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada.

The latest cases come as new measures to control the virus take effect in Halifax and some neighbouring municipalities.

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strang says while the number of new cases is low, he remains concerned that some recent infections do not have an obvious origin.

And New Brunswick is reporting two new confirmed cases.

Health officials say the new infections are both in the Edmundston region and both patients are between the ages of 70 and 79.

New Brunswick currently has 41 active cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, with one patient hospitalized in intensive care.

All areas of the province remain at the orange level of New Brunswick's pandemic response plan, which seeks to prevent the resurgence of transmission through a number of restrictions.

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