Nunavut down to three COVID-19 cases
GN reports seven recoveries Saturday; no new cases
Nunavut has just three active COVID-19 cases after the government reported seven recoveries on Saturday, along with no new cases.
Premier Joe Savikataaq made the announcement on Twitter Saturday at noon.
All three cases are in Iqaluit, which has been dealing with an outbreak of the respiratory illness for more than seven weeks.
Nunavut’s capital had dodged any confirmed COVID-19 cases until April 14, when its first-ever case was confirmed. After that, an outbreak was declared on April 16 and the number of cases climbed, peaking at 86 on May 6.
In the past month, the number of active cases has gradually declined as the number of recoveries generally outpaced the number of new cases being confirmed.
On eight of the past 10 days, the government hasn’t reported any new cases. On each of the other two days, only a single case was reported.
With the number of active cases in decline, on Thursday, the government eased public health restrictions that had been in place in Iqaluit to prevent the disease’s spread.
Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said during a news briefing Friday the government expected to make an announcement next week about the future of the isolation hubs where most travellers coming into the territory had been required to spend 14 days.
The government imposed the isolation hub requirement in March 2020 in a bid to prevent people from bringing the virus into the territory from the south.
Across Canada, the number of active cases has been coming down as well. There were 26,575, as of Friday, down from nearly 90,000 in mid-April, the peak of the disease’s third wave in Canada.
In total, more than 1.3 million Canadians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past year and a half. There have been 25,679 deaths across the country. In Nunavut, four deaths have been recorded in the territory.