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COVID-19: Nova Scotia reporting record 63 new cases, police continue to ticket restriction violators

COVID-19: Nova Scotia reporting record 63 new cases, police continue to ticket restriction violators

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Nova Scotia has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

The province reported 63 new cases on Sunday, for a total of 263 active cases.

Of those cases, 57 are in Central Zone, which is currently struggling with community spread and outbreaks.

The Halifax area, which is in Central Zone, is currently under a near-lockdown, in response to surging COVID-19 case numbers.

Read more: Police break up Halifax party, fine 22 people for breaching health orders

According to a tweet posted by the province, there are three new cases in Eastern Zone, one in Northern Zone and two in Western Zone.

People violating health restrictions in Halifax COVID-19 hot spot

Meanwhile, police in Halifax say they responded to 17 calls on Saturday night about people possibly violating COVID-19 restrictions, and issued two $1,000 tickets.

In a news release, Halifax Regional Police say the calls were from concerned citizens, about potential violations to the Health Protection Act.

“Most were found to be in compliance with regulations,” police stated in the release.

However, at 9:30 p.m., police did respond to a gathering in the 1900-block of Brunswick Street in downtown Halifax “where it was suspected that persons were exceeding the provincially mandated gathering limits.”

The limit is currently five people.

Two men were issued summary offence tickets for violating the act, which carries a fine of $1,000.

On Friday night, 22 people were given the same fine for being at a party in Halifax.

Dalhousie University initially said on Saturday afternoon that while they had “become aware of a photo of young people showing COVID-19 violation tickets on social media,” they had no way of knowing if those charged were Dalhousie students.

A few hours later, they updated their stance to say they had indeed identified their students and “are considering immediate suspension and all other options under the Code of Student Conduct.”

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