With ‘no way to self-isolate,’ people in Nunavik urged to take extra precautions – CBC

‘Rampant overcrowding’ leaves Inuit highly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreak, warn health officials

Mar 17, 2020

The Kativik regional government is taking “extraordinary measures” to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Quebec’s Inuit territory of Nunavik.

Public officials in Nunavik warn the health system would be quickly “overwhelmed” if people began falling sick with COVID-19.

“Because of the rampant overcrowding in many of our homes, there is no way for many Inuit to self-isolate if they get the virus,” said Charlie Watt, the president of Makivik Corporation, which represents Inuit living in northern Quebec.

The regional government has limited travel to and from Nunavik to prevent that from happening.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/nunavik-health-board-recommends-urgent-measures-covid-19-1.5499621

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