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Nunavut community declares state of emergency over rising COVID-19 numbers

ARVIAT, NUNAVUT – The Nunavut community of Arviat has declared a state of emergency over rising COVID – 19 case numbers.

There are 24 active cases in the community of about 2, 307 people.

Arviat was previously the center of Nunavut’s largest COVID – 10 outbreak with 307 total cases.

Starting today, the community will be under curfew from 10 pm to 6 am, with four additional bylaw officers hired for enforcement.

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Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. says people who break the curfew can face fines.

The community, which is currently the only place in Nunavut with active cases, has been under a strict lock down since early November, with travel restricted and all schools and non-essential businesses closed.

Arviat’s council will decide on March 1 whether the state of emergency will be renewed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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