https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-covid-19-1.5545241 Demographics, distancing and dumb luck: How N.B. avoided a worst-case COVID-19 scenario Lack of connecting flights, large-scale public transit and major city centres may have been blessings We're small, we're rural, we're old and we're spread out. We lack a major metropolitan centre, large-scale public transit and international airline connections. These are all traits that have been cited at one time or another as holding New Brunswick back. But they may be a blessing when it comes to COVID-19. "Luck is a big part of it," said Dr. Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa. "You're lucky in your location, you're lucky in your population density, you're lucky in your population distribution, and you're lucky that your major city is not an international travel hub." If the numbers over the past two weeks hold, New Brunswick — a province that rarely wins at anything — is poised to reach the pandemic-containment podium. New daily cases peaked at 15 on March 29. By the second week of April, there were more recovered patients than people still sick with the virus. And there hasn't been a new case reported since April 17. As of Sunday's update, only seven New Brunswick cases were listed as active. Only Nunavut and the Northwest Territories have lower rates of cases per capita.