Yukon reports seven new COVID-19 cases with 49 active infections

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 49 active infections.

Close to 1,700 cases have been diagnosed in the territory since the pandemic began, including 14 people whose deaths were linked to the illness.

As of Wednesday, the majority of cases were located in Whitehorse and Old Crow.

The territory says 88 per cent of eligible people aged five and up have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 80 per cent have received two shots.

A further 11,155 adults have had a third dose out of about 42,000 Yukon residents.

With the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 surging in other parts of the country, the territory is encouraging residents to take extra precautions if they're spending time over the holidays with anyone who's older, unvaccinated or who has underlying health conditions that could put them at greater risk of severe illness.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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