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Rankin, Strang to provide update on COVID-19 at 2 p.m.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia saw 182 new cases on Thursday, the highest number of new daily cases so far during the pandemic.

Nova Scotia saw 182 new cases Thursday, the highest number of new daily cases so far

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Dr. Robert Strang, the chief medical officer of health, says Nova Scotians should start to see daily case numbers start to fall by the middle of next week. A provincewide lockdown was implemented on April 28, and Strang said it usually takes about two weeks for those measures to affect case numbers. (Steve Lawrence/CBC)

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, the chief medical officer of health, will hold a briefing on COVID-19 Friday at 2 p.m.

The briefing was originally scheduled for an hour earlier.

The update comes as the province continues to see rising case numbers, including Thursday’s all-time high of 182 new cases. The total known active caseload is 1,309.

As of Thursday’s report, 45 people were in hospital, including nine in intensive care.

The province also continues to see high testing rates, with 7,733 COVID-19 tests processed on Wednesday. A backlog of thousands of unprocessed tests was resolved the same day.

The percentage of tested samples that are positive has tripled in the last few days, going from 1.1 on Monday to 2.2 on Tuesday, to 3.2 on Wednesday.

Friday marks 10 days since a provincewide lockdown was implemented.

Strang said it usually takes at least two weeks to see the impact of lockdowns on new case numbers, and Nova Scotia should start seeing the numbers trend downward by the middle of next week.

“We knew we were going to have a number of tough days,” Strang told the CBC’s Information Morning on Friday. “We’re going to continue to have large numbers as we get through this for the next few days.”

He added that due to the surge in testing, some people have had long waits to receive COVID-19 test results, but Public Health should be back on track soon, providing test results within 72 hours.

Atlantic Canada case numbers

  • New Brunswick reported 11 new cases and one new death on Thursday. Ten of the new cases are workers who are isolating outside the province. There are now 142 active cases. Six people are in hospital, two in intensive care.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported six new COVID-19 cases Thursday. There are 58 active cases in the province. Two people are in hospital with the virus. 
  • P.E.I. announced two new cases Thursday and the number of active cases is now nine.

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