Nunavut down to three COVID-19 cases

GN reports seven recoveries Saturday; no new cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Nunavut fell to three on Saturday, Premier Joe Savikataaq reported on Twitter. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Alan Klie on

    This is excellent news. I suspected that a good portion of the 10 active cases got infected at about the same time so there would be a lot of recoveries simultaneously. Although the outbreak won’t be declared over until 28 days after the last person has recovered, I think the end is well and truly in sight. Incidentally, does anyone know the putative dates that the Rankin Inlet and Kinngait outbreaks would be declared over, assuming no further cases?

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    • Posted by Ian on

      There will always be covid 19 in the whole world,it will not go away,you cannot vaccinate the whole planet,we have to live with it and move on with our lives,and deal with the other things that will kill us,we have a vaccine,get it and survive,or suffer,

      • Posted by Nemerode on

        are you vaccinated ?
        you should the only way to reopen and protect the most fragile is to get vaccinated there is no other way.
        75% needs to get it,
        so if you get Covid then 3 out of 4 poeple you know will already be able to supress it and then we can all go on with our lives…
        The antiVax are afraid and are pulling everyone back…
        More than 2B people have received it yet, get on the train and get it too

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  2. Posted by Chesley on

    We are not out of the woods and the tundra yet.

  3. Posted by Gump on

    Iqaluit Strong!

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