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Two fresh COVID-19 deaths in N.L. while testing need devastates the capacity

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • The region registers 1,135 fresh cases, including 680 from swabs that were sent out of the region for testing.
  • Health Minister John Haggie states over 6,600 COVID swabs were sent out of the region for testing. 

Nfld and Labrador recording high number of covid cases with test demand rising: 

Two individuals have perished from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The deaths are the 22nd and 23rd since the pandemic struck the region.

Both deaths are menage 70 or older in the Eastern Health province.

Health Minister John Haggie stated Monday the males died while being ministered at a healthcare facility, but wouldn’t elaborate further due to privacy considerations.

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The region’s testing demands rises and records two fresh deaths from covid

The region also registered 1,135 fresh cases Monday, including 680 cases registered from test samples that were sent out of the region as the need for testing in Newfoundland and Labrador has outstripped capacity, 

according to a press release from Public Health. Tests between Dec. 29 and Jan. 6 were sent out of the region for testing.

Haggie, saying at a media briefing regarding the testing, stated the region has sent 6,635 swabs out of the region. A tally of 2,930 is still yet to be calculated, with results anticipated to return within the following two days.

“The essential thing is to realize that this sudden spike in numbers today is historical, and it represents events that have been and gone,” he stated. As our documentation processes ramp back up to average, you’ll see some adjustment in figures over the next few days.” Source –

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