Newfoundland and Labrador officials to outline early reopening plan

Officials in Newfoundland and Labrador will outline the first steps in province’s plan to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic today.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald will introduce the plan after models shared with the public on Monday showed the first wave of infections in the province appears to be subsiding.

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There are 33 active cases of the illness in Newfoundland and Labrador, where 225 of 258 people had recovered as of Wednesday.

Fitzgerald says life can’t return to normal until a vaccine becomes available, but it’s appropriate to slowly bring back some freedoms that have been restricted under the public health emergency.

Premier Dwight Ball says the evidence-based plan will balance the needs of businesses with the risk of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Several other provinces, including New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, have already introduced plans to reopen.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2020.

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