8 new COVID-19 cases in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut

A file photo of people wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada November 18, 2020. (Natalie Maerzluft/Reuters)

Nunavut reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the territory on Tuesday and six recoveries.

There are now 49 active cases, 45 of which are in Iqaluit, two are in Kinngait and 2 are in Rankin Inlet, according to a post to Twitter by Premier Joe Savikataaq.

All infected individuals are isolating and doing well, he wrote. There have been 28 recoveries since this outbreak began.

As well,15,322 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, while 12,242 residents now have received both doses.

The Nunavut government plans to hold its next public press briefing on Wednesday at 11 am ET.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Arctic Tourism & the Pandemic podcast, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Mysterious coronavirus variant in Arctic Finland is rare US-Mexican strain, Yle News

Denmark/Greenland: Greenland authorities buoyed by high demand for COVID-19 vaccine, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland:  Iceland’s ban on unnecessary travel from high-risk areas now in effect, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norway extends border closure with Finland due to pandemic, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Norway closes borders over fears of virus, but exempts Russian fishermen from severely infected border region, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: COVID-19 strategy darkens Sweden’s image in the Nordics, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska politicians send Trudeau letter saying they’re “shocked” over Canada’s COVID-19 cruise ship ban, Eye on the Arctic

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