The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Iqaluit's city council has declared a local state of emergency over rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Nunavut capital declares local state of emergency as COVID-19 cases rise
Published 12:09 PDT, Mon May 3, 2021
IQALUIT, Nunavut — Iqaluit's city council has declared a local state of emergency over rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.
The capital city of about 8,000 people has 81 of the territory's 85 active cases.
Iqaluit reported its first case of COVID-19 on April 14, but the territory's chief public health officer has said the virus is likely to already have been in the city a week before that.
Dr. Michael Patterson says the variant first identified in the United Kingdom is the only strain of the COVID-19 virus circulating in the territory.
Last week, health officials also confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit's jails and medical boarding home.
The emergency order comes into effect at midnight tonight, but Iqaluit is already under a strict lockdown that includes school closures and travel restrictions.
The Canadian Press
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