Nova Scotia has reported 121 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, 10 May. The province now has 1,655 known active cases. In the central health zone, 94 new cases were reported while the eastern zone reported 16 new cases. Six new cases were reported in the western zone and five in the northern zone as well.
Of 58 people who are currently in the hospitals, 9 are in intensive care.
Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer of health, stated:
“We are certainly seeing new cases coming in, but that number of new cases, that trend over the last week is coming down on a slow, but regular basis. We are headed in the right direction, but I’m fully aware you don’t just turn this around overnight, so we have a number of weeks — the month of May — that we all have to stay committed … before we can bring those case numbers down.”
Strang added that most of the backlog was cleared over the weekend. He believes that the system will be back to regular capacity by mid-week. The province has stated that it will deny entry to anyone moving to Nova Scotia. This measure was imposed on Monday.
Premier Iain Rankin added:
“Obviously, there are exceptional circumstances — you sold your house in another province and took ownership on a house here in Nova Scotia — all before the border closed or you’ve signed a lease. We recognize there needs to be some flexibility on previously agreed upon dates, and we don’t want you to be homeless, quite frankly.”
Rankin also said that the local government will spend $1.3 million on improving food security during the third wave of the pandemic.
So far, 366,089 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Nova Scotia and 37,699 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.