Nunavik community of Ivujivik on lockdown after COVID-19 outbreak – APTN News

Oct 14, 2021

The Inuit community of Ivujivik in the northernmost reaches of Nunavik in Quebec is in lockdown after an outbreak of COVID-19.

There are currently eight active cases in the community of about 400 people.

“It’s hard to be isolated, it’s stressful,” says Salimuni Qavavauk, mayor of Ivujivik. “The community has been locked down for regional travels, there’s no school, no daycare, and public places are closed.”

Compounding the problem is that according to the most recent statistics, only 55 per cent of people over the age of 12 are vaccinated – that’s 30 per cent lower than the Quebec average.

Also of concern is that the community of Inukjuak, 400 km to the south, has an active case.

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