COVID-19: The number of cases explodes in Nunavut

Largely spared since the start of the pandemic, Nunavut announced on Sunday an increase of ten cases of COVID-19, in addition to the eight cases announced in a dribble manner since the beginning of November.

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These 10 new cases represent a significant increase for the vast northern territory. On Saturday, four new cases were announced, a record. The first case in Nunavut was not diagnosed until November 6.

Nine of the ten new cases announced on Sunday were reported in the town of Arviat, where 13 other people infected with COVID-19 are today.

“Given the number of COVID-19 cases in Arviat, anyone from Arviat who has left the community since November 2 must immediately self-isolate for 14 days, no matter where they are,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, the Chief Public Health Officer of Nunavut.

“In addition, in order to protect the elders of Arviat, no visitor will be admitted to the center for the elders for at least two weeks. Any exemptions from this rule must be authorized by the on-duty public health physician, ”Dr. Patterson added in a statement.

The other new case was reported in Rankin Inlet, which now has two. This most recent case has been linked to those of the Arviat community.

“All the people are in isolation and are doing well. The rapid intervention teams are on the ground in the three affected municipalities and have the support of regional and territorial public health teams ”, explained the public health of the territory.

She also noticed “signs of community transmission” in Arviat, unlike Rankin Inlet and Sanikiluaq, where the other cases are.

Important tracing work was underway.

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