New Brunswick to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but experts warn of relapse – CTV

July 29, 2021

HALIFAX — As New Brunswick prepares to drop virtually all of its COVID-19 restrictions Friday night, some infectious disease experts are warning the province should prepare for a surge in cases this fall because of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Allison McGeer, an infectious disease physician with the Sinai Health System in Toronto, says she is sympathetic to Premier Blaine Higgs’ decision to loosen health protection measures — including mask wearing — given the fact that case numbers in New Brunswick remain low.

McGeer, however, says it is clear the Delta variant is on the move in British Columbia, Alberta and much of the United States, where the U.S. Centers for Disease Control now says fully vaccinated Americans should go back to wearing masks in indoor public spaces in regions where the virus is spreading rapidly.

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