Nunavut is down to eight active cases of COVID-19, all located in Arviat, where six people have recovered from the disease. At the same time, two new cases have emerged in Arviat. (File image)

Nunavut’s active COVID-19 cases drop to 8

Two new infections, six new recoveries as of March 13

By Nunatsiaq News

The number of people recovering from COVID-19 in Nunavut continues to outpace the number of people who are getting infected, according to the territory’s update for Saturday.

Six more people have recovered from the disease as of Saturday, but at the same time, Nunavut reported two new cases, Premier Joe Savikataaq said in a tweet.

That brings the number of active cases across the territory down to eight from 12 on Friday.

Those two new cases are the first to be reported in Nunavut since March 7.

All the new cases and recoveries are in Arviat, which saw its case count rise to 25 on March 7 during a surge of new infections.

Meanwhile, the Nunavut Health Department has given out 15,889 shots of COVID-19 vaccine as of March 13, the latest numbers show.

That breaks down to 10,139 people who have received a first shot of vaccine and 5,750 people who have received a second shot.

On March 9, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, announced an easing of restrictions in Arviat, where 339 of Nunavut’s 383 confirmed cases have occurred.

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