Nova Scotia reported 4 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — a significant decline from the 12 cases reported the previous day.
Two of the new cases were in the central health zone and are close contacts of previously reported cases, according to a news release from the province.
One case was in the eastern health zone and is a close contact of a previously reported case. One case was in the northern health zone and is related to travel outside the region.
Premier Stephen McNeil said the province was closely watching the situation in neighbouring New Brunswick where there has been a surge of cases in recent days.
“The situation there is a reminder of how quickly the virus can spread, and also reminds us of the importance of following all the public health protocols,” he said in the release.
There are currently 28 active cases in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Health Authority labs conducted 1,467 tests on Wednesday.
Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, urged the population to remain vigilant.
“As we continue to see new COVID-19 cases every day, it is apparent that the virus is still in our communities,” he said in the release.
Vaccinations have already started in the province, with more than one million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccine expected to arrive in the province by June.