Nunavut reports dozens of new cases of COVID-19 in 11 different communities

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IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's chief public health officer is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19 as health workers try to confirm the virus has entered two more communities.

Dr. Michael Patterson says one case is being confirmed in Pond Inlet and another in Cambridge Bay, bringing the total number of communities hit by the virus to 11 in the territory.

Patterson says he is announcing the two presumptive cases so the territory can be proactive in its response.

There are now 127 confirmed cases of the virus in Nunavut, including 39 in Iqaluit, 23 in Arviat, 14 in Pangnirtung and 30 in Rankin Inlet.

Nunavut is under lockdown until Jan. 17 and non-essential travel is restricted.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to all Nunavummiut who are five-years-old and older, and anyone 18 and older can get a booster shot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 31, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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