Nunavut schools to reopen later this month as COVID-19 case counts decline

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IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's education minister says students will return to school remotely next week and in-person on Jan. 24.

The territory of 40,000 people has been under lockdown since late December after COVID-19 cases spread rapidly across multiple communities.

Pamela Gross says the plan is to open schools on Jan. 24, but the chief public health officer will make a final call later this week based on COVID-19 case numbers.

There are 192 cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut that are spread over 13 communities, a drop from more than 200 cases earlier in the week.

Patterson says more people in Nunavut are now recovering from COVID-19 than testing positive.

But he says the drop in cases is likely because the territory is no longer testing in communities where COVID-19 was already detected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 11, 2022.

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