Coronavirus Canada updates: Newfoundland and Labrador reports first case(s) this week

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 6 new coronavirus cases Saturday
Coronavirus Canada Updates: New Brunswick reports 6 new coronavirus cases Saturday

Two new cases of COVID-19 in the Eastern Health region have been identified in the past 24 hours, increasing Newfoundland and Labrador’s total to 261.

It marks the province’s first case since May 1.

“Ebbs and flows in the number of new cases is not unexpected, especially as we begin to gradually lift some of the public health measures we’ve had in place for a while,” said chief medical officer of Hhealth Dr. Janice Fitzgerald.

“If anything it serves as an important reminder that we must not become complacent.”

One of the province’s new cases is related to the Kearl Lake oilsands project outbreak in Alberta, said Fitzgerald.

There are four people in hospital, including two in intensive care, while 244 people have recovered from the virus.

As of May 7, the province has performed 9,458 tests for COVID-19.

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