Nova Scotia reports 3 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday

NEWS RELEASECOVID-19/HEALTH/WELLNESS*************************Three new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, Feb. 28. One case is in Central Zone and is a close contact of a previous case. One case is in Eastern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. One case is in Northern Zone and is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada. All three people are self-isolating, as required. “I want to thank the Nova Scotians who have responded in great numbers to get tested, setting a one-day record at the lab,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Let’s continue to make proactive testing a top priority. No matter whether you live in Halifax or elsewhere in the province, I encourage you, even if you don’t

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UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights official said it had “credible information” that 18 people were killed and 30 were wounded. That would be the highest single-day death toll among protesters who are demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power after being ousted by a Feb. 1 coup. “Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” the U.N. Human Rights Office said in a statement referring to several cities, adding that the forces also used

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UN Human Rights Office says 18 dead in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar — The U.N. Human Rights Office says it has received “credible information” that a crackdown Sunday on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar has left at least 18 people dead and over 30 wounded. “Deaths reportedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired into crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku,” it said in a statement, referring to several cities in Myanmar. “Tear gas was also reportedly used in various locations as well as flash-bang and stun grenades.” “We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protesters,” its spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani was quoted saying. It would be the highest single-day death

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Are two cloth masks better than one for preventing the spread of COVID-19?

This article, written by Catherine Clase, McMaster University; Charles-Francois de Lannoy, McMaster University; Juan Jesus Carrero, Karolinska Institutet; Roberto Pecoits-Filho, and Scott Laengert, McMaster University, originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission: Double masking has emerged as a crowd-sourced method for adding extra layers to our masks, using the masks that we have — a response to concerns about the overall direction of the pandemic and the transmissibility of new COVID-19 variants. When our group recommended cloth masks as a worthwhile additional effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19, some of the masks that we had identified in the literature were three- and four-layer masks: in an experimental setting, they were very effective at blocking particles exhaled

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Fatalities reported as Myanmar police intensify use of force

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar made mass arrests and appeared to use lethal force on Sunday as they intensified their efforts to break up protests a month after the military staged a coup. At least four people were reportedly killed. There were reports of gunfire as police in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets of demonstrators demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power. Photos of shell casings from live ammunition used in assault rifles were posted on social media. Reports on social media identified by name one young man believed to have been killed in Yangon. His body was shown

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Fatalities feared as Myanmar police intensify use of force

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar made mass arrests and appeared to use lethal force on Sunday as they intensified their efforts to break up protests a month after the military staged a coup. There were reports of gunfire as police in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets of demonstrators demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power. Photos of shell casings from live ammunition used in assault rifles were posted on social media. Reports on social media identified one young man believed to have been killed in Yangon. His body was shown in photos and videos lying on a sidewalk until

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Shots, tear gas as police in Myanmar intensify use of force

YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces in Myanmar made mass arrests and appeared to use lethal force on Sunday as they intensified their efforts to break up protests a month after the military staged a coup. There were reports of gunfire as police in Yangon, the biggest city, fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets of demonstrators demanding that the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi be restored to power. Photos of shell casings from live ammunition used in assault rifles were posted on social media, adding to evidence that live rounds were fired. A violent crackdown also occurred in Dawei, a much smaller city in southeastern Myanmar, where local media reported at least three

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P.E.I. rolls out ‘circuit-breaker measures’ to curb new COVID-19 outbreak

CHARLOTTETOWN — Officials in Prince Edward Island introduced what they described as new “circuit-breaker measures” on Saturday in an effort to curb a recent spike in the province’s long-standing low COVID-19 case count.  The discovery of six new infections prompted the announcement from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Heather Morrison and Premier Dennis King, who said the latest diagnoses cannot be linked to travel outside the province.  Officials are acting under the assumption that they are a contagious new variant of COVID-19 that first emerged in the United Kingdom and was detected on the Island earlier this month, they added.  “We need to wrap our arms around this virus and prevent it from spreading to the full extent that

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Nova Scotia Health advises of potential COVID-19 exposure at 7 locations, flight

NEWS RELEASENOVA SCOTIA HEALTH PUBLIC HEALTH************************* Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at 7 locations in the Central Zone as well as an Air Canada flight. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures. Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you. For the following locations, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate while you wait for your test result. If you do not

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Irving testing Halifax Shipyard employees for COVID-19

After a Halifax Shipyard employee tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Irving is now holding a pop-up testing site to test its employees this weekend. On Thursday, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. confirmed one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. In response, it has since halted production at the Halifax Shipyard since Friday. “Irving is doing what Nova Scotia businesses do,” Premier Iain Rankin said. “It’s stepping up for the collective public good.” Testing, which started as a collaboration with Nova Scotia Public Health, began Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. It continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. “The focus this weekend will be on priority roles, production and production support,” an Irving news

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