Yukon's top doctor calls for 'social firebreak' to stem COVID-19 surge

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon's top doctor is calling for a 'social firebreak' in an effort to slow the territory's surging COVID-19 cases.

Chief medical officer Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a statement that it's time to slow down on social gatherings regardless of vaccination status.

The territory reported 22 new cases Friday, bringing the total active count to 111, the majority of which are in Whitehorse.

He says the most recent spread of COVID-19 has occurred through large, unorganized social gatherings.

No restrictions have changed but Yukoners are being "strongly encouraged" to limit social gatherings to six people.

Hanley says he expects to see high daily case numbers to continue for "a while yet" and while the outbreak is mostly affecting unvaccinated people, even those who have been vaccinated are at some risk.

"Limiting our contacts for the next two weeks will help us take a pause and assess where we are," he says.

"Our public health system is significantly challenged right now and this measure will allow us to address where we are seeing our greatest risk."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 25, 2021.

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