Coronary infections are on the rise again in Canada, but not a single infection has been detected in the northernmost territory of the country, Nunavut.
The area of Nunavut is 2,093,190 km². For comparison, Finland covers an area of 338,440 km². Nunavut is thus about six times larger than Finland.
Last March, when Korona began to spread, Nunavut authorities decided they would not take any risks. Almost all non-Nunavut residents were denied access to the area.
Through quarantine home
Residents wishing to bale at their home were first placed in two-week forced quarantine outside the territory in “isolation centers” in hotels in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Edmonton, among others, at the peak of the authorities.
There, medical staff monitored their health.
About 7,000 Nunavut residents have so far spent their two weeks in isolation centers on their way home.
The means have been effective. No cases of corona have been found in Nunavit.
Cold air can bring infections
Although the geographical area of Nunavut is large, it is home to only about 36,000 people. The majority of them are Inuit.
Healthcare capacity is also quite limited. Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, has a hospital that could treat about 20 coronary patients, says Nunavut’s leading health authority Michael Patterson BBCto.
However, Patterson does not believe that Korona will stay away from Nunavut forever.
“This will certainly not continue,” says Patterson.
Across Canada, there have been approximately 200,000 coronary infections and 9,760 people have died of COVID-19.
As the air cools, the number of infections has started to rise, especially in Quebec and Ontario, which have large populations.