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Rankin Inlet now free of COVID-19; 7 new cases in Iqaluit

There are seven new cases in Iqaluit today. Pixabay photo.

There are no more active cases of COVID-19 in Rankin Inlet as of today, according to the Government of Nunavut.

The two infected individuals in that Kivalliq community have recovered, the Department of Health stated.

However, there are seven new cases of COVID-19 reported in Iqaluit today, bringing the number up to 83 active infections in the capital.

The remaining cases are in Kinngait, where there are still two diagnosed residents, bringing the territorial number up to 85 in total.

Thus far, there have been 50 recoveries since this outbreak began last month.

There have been 16,144 Nunavummiut who have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to date, and 12,568 are fully vaccinated.

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

The GN suspended the ability to travel from the NWT without self-isolating as of Monday.

On Sunday, Baffinland Iron Mines announced that there are nine active COVID cases at the Mary River Mine.

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.