The battle against the second wave of COVID-19 is moving is ramping up in the Saint John region. Provincial Chief Medical Officer – Dr Jennifer Russell – says the region will move into the Orange level at midnight meaning increased restrictions to try to curb the spread of the virus.

Seven of the province’s 9 new cases reported today are in the Saint John region with one person in hospital. The other 2 cases are in the Moncton region which was moved to the Orange level yesterday. Russell says one of the cases involves the Shannex Parkland Retirement complex in Millidgeville. And she says she is concerned about the number of healthcare workers in the region who are self isolating – something Premier Blaine Higgs says could mean locking down the region sooner rather than later.

Russell says our “bubbles” should now be confined to a single household “bubble” with immediate family only. If you go out for a drink or dinner – you can only do so with your household family “bubble” – no meeting or mingling with friends. Non-essential travel to or from outside the Atlantic “bubble” is being discouraged.

Ontario has announced a lockdown for large portions of the Greater Toronto area as the number of new cases of COVID continue to climb out of control.