Highly transmissible COVID-19 variant detected in Nunavut
COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant first detected in United States last fall
The COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant — described as highly transmissible and likely to overtake previous strains of the virus — has been detected in Nunavut.
The territorial Department of Health made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.
“COVID-19 remains a threat to our health and flu season is not over,” states the release.
“The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community is to get vaccinated.”
Nunavummiut aged six months and older are eligible to receive flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.
The GN advised the public to follow regular precautions, which include staying home when sick, frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your sleeves, avoiding touching faces, keeping distance when out and about, and not smoking indoors.
Masks are still mandatory in health-care settings.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the XBB.1.5 variant emerged in the United States around October 2022.