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Nunavut, N.W.T. capitals issue new orders as COVID-19 surges in Canada’s north

Nunavut’s capital declared a state of emergency Monday and Yellowknife in the neighbouring N.W.T. closed its schools as news cases of COVID-19 sprang up in both territories.Iqaluit, a city of about 8,000 people, had 81 of Nunavut’s 85 active cases.Council voted unanimously to declare the local emergency starting at midnight to give the city authority under its Emergency Measures Act to enforce public health order.“Given the seriousness with the state of affairs with community transmission of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, I will make a motion to declare a state of local emergency,” Iqaluit city Coun.

Kyle Sheppard said.It also allows the city to “take additional measures to support the vulnerable population,” a news release stated.

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