84-year old Pauline Gauvin of Miramichi was the first New Brunswicker to receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Saturday – December 19, 2020. (GNB photo)

Ottawa has banned all flights from the United Kingdom for 72-hours over concerns about a new strain of the COVID virus. The new strain is reported to be up to 70-percent more transmittable than the current virus we are battling in this country.

The ban comes amid reports of Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to announce a complete lockdown of his province in a bid to get control of the spread of the virus. Both Ontario and Quebec have been dealing with over two thousand cases daily each and a mounting death toll. Quebec is going into a lockdown this week until January 11th.

Here in New Brunswick – there weren’t any new cases reported yesterday. The number of active cases sat at 45 yesterday with three people in hospital – one of them in intensive care. There have been 8-deaths related to COVID complications since mid-March. The first clinics for the Pfizer COVID vaccine were held over the weekend. More doses of vaccine are expected to arrive this week.