No new COVID-19 cases reported in Nunavut
Positive cases had been climbing for three weeks
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.