One day after declaring the indefinite closure of schools, New Brunswick’s top health official will provide another public update on the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, will speak to reporters on Saturday, as the province grapples with 11 cases of COVID-19, four confirmed and seven presumptive.

She’ll be joined by Premier Blaine Higgs in a press conference livestreamed on the government’s Facebook page.

This week, New Brunswick took rapid new measures to prevent the spread of infection in the Maritime province.

On Wednesday, Health Minister John Haggie declared a public health emergency, enabling him to order the closure of certain communal spaces, including gyms, performance theatres, cinemas, bars and more.

The province has also limited public access to Service New Brunswick centres, reduced hours at liquor and cannabis stores, and restricted restaurants to takeout only.

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