No new cases on Sunday for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia declares state of emergency

Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick – Dr. Jennifer Russell, NB’s chief medical officer, announced Sunday, March 22 there were no new cases of the COVID-19 virus to report in the province, holding the current number of confirmed/presumptive cases at 17.

Russell urged all New Brunswickers to continue to maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly, and sneeze/and or cough into their elbow.

“All of us can take simple actions that can help stop the spread of any type of communicable disease,” said Russell.

Also on Sunday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil declared a state of emergency in that province, tightening all land, sea, and air borders, and allowing police to enforce orders under the Health Protection Act.

Residents of Nova Scotia cannot gather in groups of more than five, and effective immediately fines associated with the Health Protection Act can also be levied. Individuals can be fined $1000 for each violation of the act, and businesses can be fined $7500 for each violation, plus an additional $7500 for each subsequent day.

Individuals and businesses can be fined multiple times, multiple days. Nova Scotia currently has 28 confirmed/presumptive cases.