Trudeau, Savikataaq discuss COVID-19 response
PM, premier talked about federal support as Nunavut’s lockdown began and cases climb to 70
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Joe Savikataaq talked about Nunavut’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday, Nov. 18, the same day a territory-wide lockdown came into effect.
Trudeau reiterated his commitment to helping Nunavut and all territories and provinces respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring an economic recovery, according to a statement issued to the media by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday night.
“No one wanted to see this news, but it was a possibility we had to be ready for,” Trudeau also told reporters during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Nunavut reported 70 cases of the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, a sharp spike in reported cases considering the territory had not seen a single case until early November. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March.
The PMO’s statement only described in general terms what Trudeau and Savikataaq talked about, but the PMO said they discussed what kind of support the federal government could give, including providing personal protective equipment.
At his press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said the federal government has provided a three-month supply of personal protective equipment to Nunavut, so it is prepared in the event that bad weather delays shipments.
Savikataaq also spoke at a press conference in Iqaluit on Wednesday morning, issuing a call to action to Nunavummiut to join the fight against the disease.
“This is it, folks,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “It’s time to stand and fight against COVID-19.”
Nunatsiaq News will update this story.