Arctic Canada: COVID-19 continues to spread in Nunavut with 40 new cases

Nunavut’s chief public health officer announced 40 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including one case in Pond Inlet. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Nunavut’s chief public health officer (CPHO) announced 40 new active cases across the territory, including one in Pond Inlet.

There are now 127 identified active cases in the territory, according to a media released issued by the CPHO Friday morning.

Of these, 23 are in Arviat, one in Baker Lake, nine in Igloolik, 39 in Iqaluit, 14 in Pangnirtung, two in Qikiqtarjuaq, 30 in Rankin Inlet and nine in Sanirajak. Cases in Pond Inlet and Cambridge Bay are awaiting confirmation.

Public health measures are in place until at least Jan. 17, and travel restrictions are in place for Arviat, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet and Sanirajak.

Travel to any of those communities is restricted to essential purposes only.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Arctic Canada: Nunavut imposes immediate COVID-19 restrictions, CBC News

Finland: COVID-19 surge casts shadow over tourism in Finnish Lapland, Yle News

Greenland: New strategy activated to manage COVID-19 outbreak in Upernavik, Greenland, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland extends COVID-19 measures for at least two weeks, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norway imposes partial pre-Christmas COVID lockdown, The Independent Barents Observer

SwedenCOVID-19: Sweden imposes new restrictions as infections rise, Radio Sweden

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