Nunavut reports 34 new COVID-19 infections, more than doubling total cases

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COVID-19 cases in Nunavut have more than doubled with 34 new infections.

There are now 60 active cases in the territory. 

Nunavut's Health Department said Tuesday that an additional 26 cases have been confirmed in Arviat, a community of about 2,800 in western Nunavut. That brings the total in Arviat to 46.

Arviat confirmed its first case of COVID-19 just four days ago, while the territory confirmed its first case Nov. 6.

Eight cases have also been reported in Whale Cove, a community of just over 400 people, about 145 kilometres northeast of Arviat. 

There are also four active cases in Rankin Inlet and two in Sanikiluaq. 

Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said that one case in Whale Cove has been linked to the Arviat outbreak.

He said there is no evidence of community transmission in Whale Cove and contact tracing continues in all four affected communities. 

Nunavut is to enter a territory-wide lockdown Wednesday. Schools and non-essential businesses are being closed for two weeks. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.

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