Schools, businesses close in Nunavut as coronavirus cases more than double

Nunavut is shutting down for two weeks starting today to try to get cases of COVID-19 under control.

All schools and non-essential businesses are closed, as are libraries, fitness centres, government offices and personal services.

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Health centres are closed except for emergencies and the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit is not accepting walk-ins.

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

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Nunavut went into a similar shutdown in March, but restrictions were lifted over the summer because the territory hadn’t had any cases.

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That changed on Nov. 6 when the first case was recorded.

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Since then, in not quite two weeks, four different communities have reported infections and as of Tuesday there were a total of 60 active cases in Nunavut.

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