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Two New Cases of COVID-19 Identified; Province Explains Mandatory Mask Policy

The province is reporting two new cases of COVID-19. It’s the first new cases of the virus in

more than two weeks. The last new infection was detected on July 15th. Health and Wellness

Department officials say the new cases are in the Central Zone and are Nova Scotians who

Premier Stephen McNeil (Nova Scotia Government photo)

travelled outside Canada. The two have been in self-isolation since returning to the province.

That raises the total number of cases of the virus to date to 1,067; 64 have died. There are two active cases of the virus. There are no people in hospital as a result of COVID-19.

During a briefing today, Premier Stephen McNeil said both people did not come into contact with anyone when they arrived home. However, he said, they may have been in contact with people on their flight.

With the province’s mandatory mask policy coming into effect Friday, Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang explained the province’s approach on the subject.

Strang explained the province is making masks mandatory now, as opposed to earlier, because the evidence on both the virus and the effectiveness of masks use in the general  public has evolved. He said they now have evidence and expert recommendations that the general wearing of masks is effective  in reducing transmission.

Adapting the approach as evidence evolves should be seen as a positive, said Strang. He said it’s important to make masks mandatory now, even with a few active cases, is part of being prepared for the likely occurrence of a second wave.

 

Strang defined indoor public places as any indoor space where the members of the public can go without needing a membership or security pass.