Nunavut prohibits most travel into territory over coronavirus concerns

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Most travel into Nunavut is being prohibited by the territory's chief medical officer of health in an effort to keep COVID-19 out of the eastern Arctic.

Dr. Michael Patterson says that starting Wednesday only Nunavut residents and critical care workers will be allowed into the territory.

Any Nunavut resident returning home will have to undergo a 14-day period of self-isolation.

Critical care workers will require written permission from Dr. Patterson's office.

Post-secondary students studying outside the territory and their families must also isolate for 14 days in either Ottawa or Winnipeg before they will be chartered to their home communities.

Nunavut remains the only federal jurisdiction in Canada with no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2020

 

The Canadian Press