N.B. COVID-19 roundup: Province expands testing to include those with no travel links – CBC

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Newest confirmed case is a woman in her 20s in southeastern New Brunswick, bringing total up to 18 cases

Mar 24, 2020

New Brunswick is ramping up COVID-19 testing to include anyone with symptoms of the viral infection, even if they have no connection to recent travel, the chief medical officer announced Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases in the province increased to 18, and two patients have required hospitalization.

People entering New Brunswick from another province must also now self-isolate for 14 days, said Dr. Jennifer Russell.

The moves come as new data from the Public Health Agency of Canada show almost half the COVID-19 cases in the country are caused by spread in the community from an unknown source, which experts say could mean there’s a silent epidemic happening across the country.

Of the 1,044 cases the agency had provided epidemiological data on as of Monday, 48 per cent are a result of infection from community transmission, while 42 per cent are tied to travel and seven per cent are linked to close contact with a traveller who tested positive.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/roundup-covid-19-coronavirus-1.5507804

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