Greenland’s health authorities announced four new cases of COVID-19 in Sisimiut on Tuesday, saying they’re still investigating the possible source.
Two of the cases involved family members. The two others had no known contact with infected people.
One of the infected works in health care and had been fully vaccinated.
“A major investigation into contacts with the infected has been launched in an attempt to stop the outbreak in Sisimiut,” the government said in a news release on Wednesday, saying it was “…. very likely that there are several unknown infected,” in the city of 5,582 on Greenland’s west coast.
Also on Wednesday, Greenland health authorities said vaccinations would now be offered to children between the ages of 12 and 15.
“I hope that many children and parents choose to say yes to the vaccine,” Greenland’s Health Minister Kirsten L. Fencker said in a separate news release.
“More vaccinated people means less risk of spreading the infection, and will make it easier to fight Covid-19.”
As of Wednesday, Greenland was reporting 48 active cases in different communities spread across four different municipalities.
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