COVID-19 Gamma variant continues to spread among unvaccinated Yukoners

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon's chief medical officer says COVID-19 is continuing to spread among unvaccinated residents in the territory.

Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a statement that eight new cases were confirmed Tuesday.

Seven were in Whitehorse and one was in a rural community.

The statement says there are now 92 active cases in the territory.

It says that since June 4, screening results show all cases are positive for the Gamma variant first identified in Brazil.

About 74 per cent of Yukoners are fully vaccinated, while 82 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine.

"We expect many further cases over the coming weeks, especially amongst unvaccinated people. COVID-19 will go wherever it finds an opportunity," Hanley says in the statement.

"We all need to take responsibility for protecting ourselves, our families and our communities."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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