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A big jump in the daily COVID case count today – Public Health is reporting 12 new cases of COVID since yesterday. Two are in the Moncton region and both are under investigation. The rest of the cases are in the Edmundston region – four of the ten cases are travel related – three are contacts of previously reported cases – and three cases are under investigation. All 12 people are self isolating.

Public Health isn’t saying if any of today’s cases are “presumptive” variant cases – nor – has there been any word on the outcome of a “presumptive” case announced in the Edmundston region on March 16th. Late last week – forwarded a number of questions related to the variants to get clarification on their presence in the province – receipt of our email has been acknowledged. However – we are still waiting for a response to the questions. Meantime – today’s news release from the Health Department uses the wording “with confirmed cases of the variant in Zone 4 (Edmundston region) in the opening paragraph on the mass testing clinics being held in that region tomorrow and Friday.

Public Health says one of the positive COVID cases is at the Carrefour de la Jeunesse. The school and child care facility located in the school are closed until April 06th with students learning from home.

Public Health reports 5 people recovered since yesterday with the number of active cases around the province now at 63 including one in here in the Saint John region. Three people are listed in hospital while the COVID related death toll remains at 30.