Northern Sask. outbreak reveals plight of Indigenous communities during COVID-19 – CTV News

May 10, 2020

TORONTO — Provinces are slowly opening up businesses after seeing positive results from weeks of coronavirus measures, but as cases decline in certain regions, Indigenous communities in remote locations are seeing a new surge.

In Saskatchewan, there’s been a large outbreak in the northern community of La Loche, where more than 160 people have contracted the virus.

The nearby Clearwater Dene First Nations has 21 cases, according to The Canadian Press, and two Indigenous elders who lived at the local seniors’ home in La Loche have died.

Advocates are saying the government should have seen this coming.

“This is very predictable,” Dr. Anna Banerji, an infectious disease specialist and co-chair of the Indigenous Health Conference at the University of Toronto, told CTV News.

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