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The Maritimes have the highest COVID-19 positivity rates in the country | COVID-19 in the Atlantic

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The average lab test positivity rate PCR of the province is 29.7 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants (in the 7 days preceding May 10).

The national average is 12.7.

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are in second and third place, respectively, with positivity rate averages of 26.4 and 24.5.

Quebec has the lowest rate at 8.5.

It was to be expected, believes the opposition

New Brunswick Green Party Leader David Coon isn’t surprised by the statistic. He argues that Prime Minister Blaine Higgs stopped managing the pandemic for some time.

If you stop managing the pandemic, you are going to have more transmission of the virus, you are going to have a higher infection ratehe said. And that’s what we see today.

David Coon is worried, saying that the higher the infection rate, the greater the risk of seeing the number of deaths increase, in addition to the consequences on the health of people with long COVID.

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Liberal Roger Melanson, is not surprised either.

Public health has made the decision, with the government, not to impose any further measures. Fewer and fewer people wear a mask, I see it everywhere. And so, we will see the consequences of it allhe said.

Roger Melanson clarified that he continues to wear a mask in public places and hopes that another variant will not appear, because according to him, it would be risky and dangerous.

Close-up of Blaine Higgs' face.

Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick, during a visit to Ottawa on December 16, 2019.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Blaine Higgs, for his part, tries to play down the fact that the province is at the top of the list in the country for the rate of positivity to the disease.

I guess if you look at the hospitalizations, the death rate from COVID-19, and without considering the other mitigating factors associated with the virus, right now we’re seeing symptoms of COVID-19 that more like those of a cold or other similar illnesseshe explains.

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Access to testing PCR very restricted

New Brunswick is among the provinces that most restrict access to PCR tests, which are reserved for the most vulnerable people.

For example, the province has done less than half the tests that Nova Scotia has done, per 100,000 people, over the same period.

According to the most recent data from the Ministry of Health, a total of 2,369 new cases of the disease were reported between May 1 and May 7, including 1,338 test-confirmed cases. PCR.

This is a slight decrease compared to the data of the previous week, but remember that New Brunswickers are no longer required to report a COVID-19 infection.

According to information from CBC

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