Active COVID-19 cases in Nunavut hit 73

Iqaluit caseload rises by 8 to reach 69; two people recover in Kinngait

The number of COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit, which is under a lockdown, is up by eight active cases, as of Saturday. (File photo by Jane George)

By Nunatsiaq News

Eight new cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit and two recoveries in Kinngait brought Nunavut’s number of active cases of the respiratory illness to 73, as of Saturday, Premier Joe Savikataaq said in his Saturday update on numbers of the new coronavirus in the territory.

There are 69 in Iqaluit, two in Kinngait and two in Rankin Inlet, he said.

As of Saturday, the active cases of COVID-19 the Nunavut capital, which has a population of about 8,000, stood at 69.

In Kinngait, two of the four people with COVID-19 have recovered, leaving the community with just two active cases.

But the outbreak has spread now to Iqaluit’s jails and patient boarding home, Dr. Michael Patterson, said during a news conference on Friday morning.

Patterson confirmed that community transmission is now occurring in Iqaluit.

Any resident of Nunavut who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or show symptoms are asked to call a hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. eastern time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include sore throat, runny nose, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, muscle ache, loss of taste and smell, tiredness, fever or upset stomach.



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(14) Comments:

  1. Posted by Anne on

    GN everyday announcement is increasing number of cases and recoveries. Unfortunately cases are going up day by day. Could GN do more to manage the spread? Nunavummiut are very worried Iqaluit will become a epidemic city. Please help Iqalummiut.

    • Posted by Paul Murphy on

      GN unfortunately is trying the best they can. THE PEOPLE themselves need to do better.
      The good doctor has told people what to do and some choose to ignore and spread the virus.

      • Posted by quite house on

        put the kids back in the school so they dont make the old lady sick best way to beat is to put the kids in school

  2. Posted by Old times on

    EASY wash hands 6 feet apart mask and after you smoke!!!

  3. Posted by Arviat strong on

    Hey Iqaluit it has been more than 14 days since you started lockdown! Numbers going up! Time to bring in the army, the navy, and the airforce to enforce this lock down. Close that beer store too

    • Posted by Booker T. Washer on

      What? Armed forces? Just obey the rules. closed the beer store and closed the bars…6 ft apart, no gastherings.

    • Posted by Kunngu on

      Under the first outbreak in Nuuk, all alcohol closed which helped immediately.

      Lockdown and social distancering.

  4. Posted by Old Timer on

    Time for the military army to come in and set up tents.

  5. Posted by Wear masks ! on

    People need to take this seriously. There are an alarming number of people in town not distancing and not wearing masks. Remember – vaccinated people can still get covid and can also transmit it, including you children. The variants are affecting younger people more frequently and more severely. Chikdren are not vaccinated yet – we need to protect them by wearing masks and staying apart.

    • Posted by i want a quite house on

      kids going back to school soon but they don’t like the mask. in may just have to hope for the best when the kids are back in school. they dont get sick like the adots so will be fine. school give paper but just make the airplane pearents are tired of children at home. back to school!

  6. Posted by Bubba on

    should get arviat man and woman to walk the streets of iqaluit and tell to go home! go home and stay at home iqaluit! arviat knows what to do and knows how to beat the covid. learn from big brother arviat arviat strong! arviat strooooonnnnngggg!


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