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8 more cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, one day after authorities confirmed community spread

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In this file photo, Iqaluit residents wear masks while running errands in the capital. There are currently 73 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, including 69 in Iqaluit. (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada - Photo credit)

In this file photo, Iqaluit residents wear masks while running errands in the capital. There are currently 73 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, including 69 in Iqaluit. (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada – Photo credit)

Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported by health authorities in Nunavut. Two more recoveries raised the total number of active cases in the territory to 73 on Saturday.

According to the latest data from the Government of Nunavut, the new cases are all in Iqaluit. That means there are 69 active cases there, plus two more in Kinngait and two in Rankin Inlet.

Since an outbreak was declared in the capital on April 16, Prime Minister Joe Savikataaq said There were 36 recoveries.

The data does not indicate whether the new cases are linked to a specific location, but on Friday Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson confirmed there were three cases at the Makigiarvik Correctional Centre and one at the Baffin Correctional Centre, both in Iqaluit.

Officials also said a staff member at Tammaativvik Boarding Home, a medical boarding home for Nunavut residents, also tested positive.

On Friday, Dr. Patterson confirmed evidence of community transmission for the first time since the outbreak began.