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Nunavut now has 85 active COVID-19 cases; Iqaluit council to discuss state of emergency

Today the Government of Nunavut announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit. NNSL file photo

There are eight new cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit today, along with three recoveries. There are now 85 active cases in the territory.

The majority of infections are in Iqaluit, where there are 81 active cases of the virus. Iqaluit city council is holding an emergency meeting at noon on Monday to discuss a local state of emergency.

Two COVID-19 cases remain in Kinngait while the other two are in Rankin Inlet.

There have been 43 recoveries since this outbreak began in April.

Thus far, 16,055 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 12,529 are fully vaccinated.

On April 26, it was revealed that the cases in this outbreak are of the B.1.1.7 variant, which has a higher rate of transmission. 

As per public health orders, all individuals travelling from Iqaluit must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in another community. People are also advised to call the COVID hotline for concerns of exposure or if they develop symptoms.