Still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, 166 people tested, says premier

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq speaks at a COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday, March 25. As of today, 166 people in Nunavut have been tested for COVID-19 and 116 people are under investigation and self-isolating, Savikataaq said. There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the territory. This morning, federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller also announced $45 million in funding for Inuit communities during the pandemic. Savikataaq said Nunavut will receive $22 million of that funding, and he will meet with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk this afternoon to discuss how it will be distributed. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Travel restrictions kick in tonight, still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut

Premier Joe Savikataaq speaks at a press conference on March 24 in Nunavut’s legislative assembly. As of today, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the territory. Starting tonight at 11:59 p.m., only residents and critical workers will be allowed into the territory. All public gatherings are banned. Nunavummiut returning to the territory must stay in isolation for 14 days in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Yellowknife or Edmonton, and can contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for more information. Nunavut students returning to the territory must also stay in isolation for 14 days in either Ottawa or Winnipeg before returning and can contact fans@gov.nu.ca for direction. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

Nunavut bans most travel into the territory

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, today banned most travel into Nunavut to protect the territory from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although there are still no confirmed cases on COVID-19 in the territory, we are taking extraordinary measures to limit travel, in an effort to slow its possible spread,” he said in a news release. As of Wednesday, March 25, only Nunavut residents and critical workers will be allowed into the territory. Nunavut residents seeking to fly home must first isolate themselves for 14 days in either Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife. If they display no symptoms at that point they will be allowed to return home. This includes medical travel patients. The Government of Nunavut says it will help provide accommodation, food and necessities to travellers during their isolation periods. As well, all public gatherings in the territory are now banned. More to come. (File photo)