Rising COVID-19 cases in Canadian province of Manitoba could affect medical travellers from Arctic territory

The Kivalliq Health Centre in Rankin Inlet, a community in the Kivalliq region located in the southern part of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. Nunavut’s Department of Health says an increase in COVID-19 cases in the southern province of Manitoba could affect medical travellers from the Kivalliq region. (Jordan Konek/CBC)
People with questions about their medical travel are advised to contact their health centre

A rise in COVID-19 cases in Manitoba may affect medical travellers from the Kivalliq region, says the Nunavut Department of Health.

The increase in cases has caused the province to reduce services, which might affect some medical travel to Winnipeg, the department said in a news release on Saturday.

Manitoba has identified 480 new cases of coronavirus between October 25 and October 31.

The Nunavut Health Department says clinical staff will be reviewing all scheduled medical travel out of the Kivalliq region, and patients will be notified about their travel by their health centre.

People with questions about scheduled medical travel are advised to contact their health centre, and not Kivalliq Inuit Services.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: COVID-19 travel clinic opens in Montreal for travellers to Inuit region of Arctic Quebec, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finland reinstates border restrictions with Sweden and Estonia due to COVID-19, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland’s new executive order on COVID-19 comes into effect September 30, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland tightens up COVID-19 rules and increases social distancing rule to two metres across the country, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Sweden seeks new powers to limit movement during pandemic, Radio Sweden

United States: After early containment success, there’s now rapid COVID-19 spread in rural Alaska, including the Arctic, Alaska Public Media

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