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Nova Scotia Teachers Union head questions school reopenings after COVID-19 cases

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting 15 new cases of COVID-19 today and an additional case related to a Halifax high school.

Health officials say the late-reported case is connected to Citadel High School, where another infection was reported earlier this week.

Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Paul Wozney says he’s puzzled by last week’s decision to reopen schools in the Halifax area now that five have had to close because of COVID-19 cases.

Wozney says the closures have disrupted high school students in particular, with their in-class instruction slated to end on Friday before an in-person exam period begins.

Officials identified 12 new cases of novel coronavirus in the Halifax area and three in the province’s eastern zone, which includes Cape Breton. 

There are 147 known active cases, with 10 people in hospital, including six in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.

The Canadian Press