34 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Canada’s Arctic territory of Nunavut

The hamlet of Arviat, on the west coast of Hudson Bay in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. The community now has 46 COVID-19 cases. (Vincent Desrosiers/CBC)
Nunavut announced 34 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — more than doubling the territory’s total case count overnight.

The territory now has 60 confirmed cases, all announced in the last 11 days.

Of the new cases announced Tuesday, 26 are in Arviat, Nunavut. That brings the total in that community to 46.

The other eight new cases are in Whale Cove, Nunavut. They are the first to be identified in that community.

A government news release on Tuesday says one of the affected individuals in Whale Cove is liked to the outbreak in Arviat, and the virus was then transmitted by that person to seven others in Whale Cove.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Travel ‘bubble’ in northern Canada between N.W.T. and Nunavut suspended until further notice, CBC News

Greenland: Greenland adds new incentive to promote domestic tourism as international travel craters, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: New COVID-19 restrictions for Iceland’s schools and universities, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Sweden’s northernmost county among regions to introduce stricter COVID-19 recommendations, 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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