HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is reporting one more death attributed to the novel coronavirus and eight new cases of COVID-19.

Health officials said today a man in his 50s died of the disease in the Halifax area, bringing the total number of deaths in the province linked to the virus to 89.

The single-digit case count is the first recorded since April 20, and Premier Iain Rankin says signs are good the province will be able to implement the second phase of its five-step reopening plan next week.

Officials are reporting six new cases in the Halifax area and two in the eastern health zone, which includes Cape Breton.

They say 63.5 per cent of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Nova Scotia has 143 active reported cases of COVID-19 and 10 people in hospital with the disease, including six in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2021.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said news cases were last in single digits on April 9.

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