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Zero new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Nova Scotia today (Saturday, Jan. 23).

There are 20 known active cases in the province. No one is in hospital with the disease.

The active cases are distributed as follows:

• 8 in the Halifax Peninsula / Chebucto Community Health Network in the Central Zone
• 1 in the Bedford / Sackville Community Health Network in the Central Zone
• 5 in the Colchester / East Hants Community Health Network in the Northern Zone
• 1 in the Pictou Community Health Network in the Northern Zone
• 2 in the Cape Breton Community Health Network in the Eastern Zone
• 1 in the Inverness, Victoria & Richmond Community Health Network in the Eastern Zone
• 1 active case in the Lunenburg & Queens Community Health Network in the Western Zone
• 1 in the Annapolis and King’s Community Health Network in the Western Zone

Nova Scotia Health labs conducted 1,450 tests yesterday.

As of yesterday, 10,575 doses of vaccine have been administered. Of those, 2,705 people have received their second dose. A shipment of Pfizer vaccine was received this week and has been distributed to the cold storage sites, but no further shipments of Pfizer are expected for the next two weeks, at least. The Moderna vaccine will arrive, however.

Here are the new daily cases and seven-day rolling average since the start of the second wave (Oct. 1):

And here is the active caseload for the second wave:

Also, here is the list of ferry crossings for which a potential COVID exposure advisory has been issued (on the MV Blue Puttees crossings between North Sydney and Port aux Basques):

Here is the possible exposure map:

As a result of continued low case numbers, Dr. Strang has loosened the restrictions on sports and arts and culture organizations. Starting Monday:

• sports teams can start playing games, but spectators are not permitted and there can be no games or tournaments involving teams that would not regularly play against each other [i.e., no tournaments]
•  non-team sports can also resume competition, but without spectators and only among competitors who would regularly compete against each other [Strang is here referring to sports such as track, tennis, and wrestling, which are technically team sports but involve mostly individual competition]
• the limit for sports practices, training and games and arts and culture rehearsals and classes will return to 50
• arts and culture performances can only be virtual and cannot have in-person spectators

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