Northwest Territories now has 87 active Covid-19 cases


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The Northwest Territories on Wednesday reported 87 active Covid-19 cases, most of them in the Yellowknife area, in its first update since Christmas.

In a brief statement, the territory’s Covid-19 secretariat said there had been 68 new cases documented since the previous update on Christmas Eve.

There were no new hospitalizations or deaths, the territory said. The death of 12 people in NWT has been attributed to Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

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According to the NWT Government, there are currently 72 active cases in Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Detteh. Another eight are in Fort Smith.

The territory, which chose not to provide a complete division of community by community, said there were three active cases in Tłı̨chǫ communities, two in Sahtu and two in the Beaufort Delta.

There was no update regarding the variant responsible for the recent cases, although NWT’s head of public health has acknowledged the likelihood that most will be the new, rapidly spreading Omicron variant of the virus responsible for Covid-19.

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Dr. Kami Kandola has expressed concern that holidaymakers will see the Omicron variant imported into the territory in significant numbers, and has urged people returning to the NWT to treat their first three days after the trip with extreme caution, avoid gatherings and any ” high risk”. activities. ”

Since December 13, 14 separate flights have been marked by the territory as Covid-19 exposure sites.

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