Canada's remote Nunavut to impose COVID-19 lockdown after community outbreak

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2020

The community now has 46 COVID-19 cases.

The Nunavut government is expected to provide an update on the territory's COVID-19 situation Wednesday morning, after a major surge in coronavirus cases this week.

Forty six of the positive cases are in the community of Arviat.

All individuals are in isolation in their own homes and doing well, according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson.

All non-essential schools and businesses have been closed, as have libraries, fitness centers, government offices and personal services.


Arviat confirmed its first case of COVID-19 just four days ago, while the territory confirmed its first case November 6.

Some health-care workers have also been asked to self-isolate, Patterson said during the news conference.

He said it was "too early to know" whether previous public health orders in Arviat stopped community transmission, and he could not indicate any event in particular that contributed to the spread of the disease. "We're at, or certainly closer to, having it stabilized and contained".

Gatherings are restricted to five people and are not allowed in homes.

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


Two weeks ago, face masks were rarely seen in the capital.

Northmart, one of two food stores in the city, had shorter wait times Wednesday compared with long lineups the night before.

There is some in-territory testing in Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit.

There are some tests in the area at Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit.


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