Five new COVID-19 cases in Greenland’s capital city of Nuuk

A March 2021 file photo of a Covid-19 test center in the center of Nuuk, Greenland. All five of the new cases reported on Thursday were young people, including one high school student. (Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
Greenland health authorities reported five new COVID-19 cases in the capital city of Nuuk on Thursday.

All five were young people, including one high school student.

The office of the Chief Medical Officer is currently investigating the sources of the infections.

“As this is a community infection, everyone who has symptoms is encouraged to stay at home and be tested,” the government said in a news release on Thursday. 

The new infections come the day after health authorities warned the public about the possibility of community transmission in the capital.

As of Thursday, Greenland was reporting 79 active COVID-19 infections. The majority of cases (45) are in Qeqqata municipality in the West.

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Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: ‘Need is urgent’: Canada’s Northwest Territories asks Red Cross, feds for help dealing with COVID-19 outbreak, CBC News

Finland: Berry firms moved harvesters from Lapland to East Finland even if exposed to, infected with COVID-19, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, including two nursing home residents, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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