No new COVID-19 cases reported in Nunavut

Positive cases had been climbing for three weeks

Nunavut needs to continue to follow public health restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, says chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson, shown in the legislature in this May 2020 photo. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

By Nunatsiaq News

For the first time in close to three weeks, Nunvaut reported no new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

The territorial government also said three more people have recovered, bringing the number of active cases down to 150, from 153 on Wednesday.

Still, chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson cautioned people to continue following restrictions that were put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

Nunavut is in the second half of a two-week territory-wide lockdown the government imposed Nov. 18, in the face of increasing confirmation of positive cases.

Almost three weeks ago, the territory reported its first case — on Nov. 6 in Sanikiluaq. After that, the caseload grew quickly with cases confirmed in Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Whale Cove.

Across Canada, more than 347,000 cases have been reported since March when the pandemic began. More than 11,700 people have died, according to the federal government’s COVID-19 update website. No deaths have been reported in Nunavut.

In March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Nunavut, Nunavik and across the country, public health officials have encouraged physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public places as measures people should take to prevent the spread of the disease.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by okay on

    Nunavut Strong!

  2. Posted by Matt Quinangnaq on

    That’s a very good news to hear and let’s keep it that way and I/we can do this,keep Nunavut strong.

    • Posted by Amaruq on

      Nice to know yet praying for all nunavutmiut and the world <3! Keep it that way guys <3!

  3. Posted by Name withheld on

    Prayers for all Nunavutmiut affected by Covid to safe recovery!!

    There are post shared on FB that Covid is a lie and that all hospitals in the south are using it as a reason for death when it was something else. This is not true!! People need to understand in Nunavut that Covid is real and it is not fake… Please if you know of a person who tested positive, and is recovering. Talk to them and know the Facts before you believe what you read on FB

  4. Posted by Anita Issaluk on

    I am so so thankful on behalf of my people in Nunavut for all tha hard work you and the legislators of Nunavut and helpers for doing your best to keep the people safe from this deadly virus. Let’s keep up the struggle together to keep the covid19 at bay. Take care, wash your hands before and after, wear a mask and you know safe distancing. You are doing great.

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