Nunavut currently has no confirmed or suspected cases of a coronavirus that originated in China and has been rapidly been spreading around the world, according to the Nunavut Department of Health.
The risk of contracting the virus in Nunavut is low, the GN stated in a Friday news release.
“The Department of Health is in close contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada
and with provincial and territorial chief medical officers of health to share information
for awareness and informed vigilance,” the news release reads. “The Government of Canada, and provinces and territories have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect, and respond to the spread of serious infectious diseases into and within Canada.”
Canada has four confirmed cases of the coronavirus, three in Ontario and one in British Columbia.
There have been a reported 213 deaths from the 2019 novel coronavirus in China, where close to 10,000 people have been diagnosed with the illness. The virus has been detected in 26 countries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nunavummiut travelling abroad are encouraged to consult the Travel Health Notice for China on travel.gc.ca.