New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard and Education Minister Dominic Cardy are scheduled for a COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon.

The ministers are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province and announce the plan for children to return to school and daycare in the new year.

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The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 and will be streamed live here.

As of Wednesday, there were 59 schools affected by COVID-19. To limit the spread of COVID-19, the province has already announced that students from kindergarten to sixth grade will begin their recess this Friday, at the end of the school day and activities organized for children under 12 years old are suspended.

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Families are also asked to pick up quick test kits. Anyone who receives a positive rapid test result should immediately isolate themselves and book a test at an assessment center.

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Earlier this week, the province confirmed several cases of Omicron variants, which were linked to an outbreak at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS.

The province has introduced temporary restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, which includes gathering limits and physical distancing.

Households should limit their contacts to a maximum of 20 consistent people. Entertainment centers, such as movie theaters and casinos, must operate at 50 percent capacity. Restaurants, spas and businesses will also need to reinforce social distancing and proof of vaccination.

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