State of emergency declared in Nova Scotia

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Today, Premier Stephen McNeil declared a state of emergency in Nova Scotia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that people cannot gather in groups of more than five and police have been authorized, under the Protection Act, to enforce social distancing and self-isolation in an effort to #flattenthecurve; they have the authority to issue summary offence tickets.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer, noted that there has been no community spred in Nova Scotia, he expects that it will happen.

Anyone who has travelled outside the province will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The province also announced seven new presumptive cases, all related to travel or close contact. So far, Nova Scotia has 28 total cases of COVID-19.

The cases are spread throughout Nova Scotia.