Cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Nunavut despite lockdown – CBC

Jan 06, 2022

Cases of COVID-19 have been steadily climbing in Nunavut since right before Christmas.

The surge is a concern for territorial officials who worry it’s happening despite a lockdown.

“Nunavut now has 244 active cases of COVID-19 in 12 of Nunavut’s 25 communities,” said Premier PJ Akeeagok.

“Forty-eight in Arviat, one in Baker Lake, one in Cambridge Bay, two in Chesterfield Inlet, 17 in Igloolik, 72 here in Iqaluit, 23 in Kinngait, 19 in Pangnirtug, one in Pond Inlet, five in Qikiqtarjuaq, 45 in Rankin Inlet and 10 in Sanirayuk.”

Officials also announced they will no longer test individuals in communities that already have cases of COVID-19.

Serious conditions

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said “something had to give” to keep lab staff working on blood tests for other serious conditions, in addition to COVID-19.

Only essential government offices remain open.

But the premier made a special appeal to daycare workers.

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