Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Home Covid-19 COVID-19: N.B. reports 1 death, record-breaking 265 cases on Christmas Eve

COVID-19: N.B. reports 1 death, record-breaking 265 cases on Christmas Eve

New Brunswick reported 265 new cases of COVID-19 — a new one-day record — and one additional death from the virus on Friday.

In a release, the province said a person in their 70s in the Saint John region has died.

Of the new cases, 85 are in Zone 1, the Moncton region, 87 are in Zone 2, the Saint John region, 39 are in Zone 3, the Fredericton region, 23 are in zone 4, the Edmunston region, five are in Zone 5, the Campbellton region, five are in Zone 6, the Bathurst region, and 11 are in Zone 7, the Miramichi region.

Read more:

COVID-19: N.B. reports record-breaking 257 new cases, 2 deaths

The province has reported 147 cases of the Omicron variant so far. At least one case of the variant has been identified in all seven health zones and none of these cases are hospitalized.

Story continues below advertisement

“While hospitalizations to date involving the Omicron variant remain relatively stable, exponential growth in cases continues to put healthcare at risk, not just due to COVID-19 but for all other healthcare needs,” the release said.

“For everyone’s health, New Brunswickers are asked to do all they can, including, if possible, limiting movement and contacts, to help slow the spread of the virus, which is in all areas of the province.”

Read more:

COVID-19 restrictions in New Brunswick for the holidays, and the impact Omicron is having

There are a total of 34 people in hospital, 15 of whom are in intensive care. Twelve people are on a ventilator. Of those in hospital, 21 are over the age of 60.

The province said so far, 82.8 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, 89.9 per cent have received their first dose of a vaccine and 17.8 per cent have received a booster dose.

All of New Brunswick is currently in the Level 1 phase of the winter plan to manage COVID-19. More information on the plan, including the additional temporary measures, is available online.

“New Brunswickers are reminded to protect our most vulnerable, to keep holiday gatherings as small as possible and use rapid tests to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, particularly the more contagious Omicron variant,” the release said.

Story continues below advertisement

The province said it will not release new case numbers on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, so the next update will come on Dec. 27.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Most Popular

Crime Beat podcast: Hope in the darkness

On a beautiful September night in 2008, a young couple went out for dinner in downtown Calgary.They walked through a park on their way...

B.C. dad spreads love, acceptance after only 1 child came to his son’s birthday

A B.C. dad said he hopes that by sharing a recent experience about his son’s birthday party, he can help bring about some change...

Doug Ford defends Ontario election debate ‘cheat sheet’

Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford occasionally referred to a black binder filled with highlighted notes during the Ontario Election leadership debate, which served...

Elon Musk hints at reducing $44B Twitter offer after putting deal on hold

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave the strongest hint yet Monday that he would like to pay less for Twitter than his $44 billion offer...