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Distribution of COVID 19 rapid test kits cut short in New Brunswick – New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca

Faced with long lineups and heavy demand, health officials in New Brunswick were forced to cut short the distribution of free COVID-19 rapid-test kits at three locations Saturday.

On Thursday, the province announced the kits would be handed out in Moncton, Perth Andover and Grand Falls- areas that have been subjected to strict health-protection measures since Oct. 5 because of a surge in infections and hospitalizations.

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The distribution, however, was suspended by 11:30 a.m. in Moncton and by 1 p.m. in Perth Andover and Grand Falls.

At 9 a.m., the RCMP were reporting traffic jams near the Moncton location, a parking lot at the Magic Mountain amusement park.


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Local residents turned to social media to vent their anger, with some saying more kits should have been made available at more locations.

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The province pledged Friday to offer wider distribution of rapid-test kits on Monday at 20 locations across the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 16, 2021.



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