Nova Scotia closed to non-essential travel

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Due to rising COVID-19 cases, Nova Scotia has closed its borders to all non-essential travelers.

Nova Scotia is closing its borders to all non-essential travel. This is because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the province. The new measures will come into effect today at 8 a.m. after Premier Iain Rankin announced them on Friday. The new rules also apply to those who had planned on moving to the province. Rankin confirmed they also pertain to parents who hoped to pick up or drop off students in Nova Scotia.

According to the new measures, moreover, rotational workers who are returning home from outbreak zones must self-isolate. This self-isolation period has the same relevance as quarantine and must last up to 14 days.

The situation in Nova Scotia is rapidly escalating. The province reported 165 cases yesterday, with its active cases rising to 1,626. The Public Health Agency of Canada has recorded 138 new cases in the Central Zone, 16 in the Eastern Zone, six in the Western Zone, and five in the Northern Zone. The chief’s medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, spoke of the province’s state of affairs. He said Nova Scotians “made changes” to their lives in order to curb the spread of coronavirus. He also remarked that this is not the time to “let our guard down” as the new measures aim to save lives and families.

Currently, there are 50 Nova Scotians in hospitals because of COVID-19. Seven of them are in intensive care. On top of these new travel restrictions into the province, Rankin decided to extend the provincial state of emergency until mid-May. Rankin, however, still had time to wish all Nova Scotian mothers the best. “Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to those that play the role. For the second year in a row, Mother’s Day will be much different than we are used to. Thank you for adjusting your celebrations to be as safe as possible.”