Nova Scotia has extended its state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by two weeks, the provincial government announced on Thursday.

A release said that cabinet convened by teleconference and agreed to ask the lieutenant governor to extend the state of emergency for another two weeks.

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The order will take effect at 12 p.m. on Sunday and last until noon until April 19.

As of Wednesday, there are 173 cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

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The province said the positive cases came after more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests were completed at the QEII Health Sciences Centre’s microbiology lab on Tuesday.

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