Nunavut’s active COVID-19 case count drops to zero
‘This outbreak is not over,’ cautions premier
For the first time in more than two months, there are zero active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut.
The announcement comes as Premier Joe Savikataaq reported on social media Tuesday morning that the last eight cases in Iqaluit have recovered.
Savikataaq cautioned Nunavummiut that “this outbreak is not over” and that public health rules must continue to be followed.
According to the Department of Health, there are 27 people in Iqaluit currently isolating.
In order to declare the outbreak over, there must be no new cases of the virus reported for 28 days following the last recovery. This means that, at the earliest, the outbreak can be declared over on July 20.
Since Iqaluit reported its first case of COVID-19 on April 14, there have been 253 confirmed cases in the city, two in Rankin Inlet and seven in Kinngait.
Nunavut has reported 657 cases of COVID-19 and four related deaths since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago.
Across Canada, 1,409,607 cases of COVID-19 have been reported and there have been 26,087 deaths as of Monday, according to the federal government’s COVID-19 website.
Vaccinations in the territory for those 12 and older are ongoing. To date, 20,126 people in Nunavut have had at least one vaccine dose and 15,861 have had two doses.