Ontario headed to province-wide lockdown, media reports say, as Nunavut sees first COVID deaths – National Post

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A joint statement issued by Nunavut’s premier, health minister and chief public health officer said a resident of Arviat and one from Rankin Inlet died Saturday.

The territory had no cases of COVID-19 until November, and has since recorded 259.

Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS /Emma Tranter

The news comes a day after Canada surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The latest 100,000 cases were recorded across the country over just 15 days — the shortest growth period since the pandemic was declared in March.

It took six months for Canada to register its first 100,000 cases of the virus, another four to reach 200,000, less than a month to hit 300,000 and 18 days to hit 400,000.

The two provinces hardest hit by the pandemic, Ontario and Quebec, each reported more than 2,000 new infections Sunday, with Ontario’s tally at 2,316 and Quebec’s at 2,146. The provinces also recorded 25 and 21 new deaths, respectively.

Out east, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador each reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The new infections come as Ottawa is weighing how to respond to a new strain of COVID-19 found in the United Kingdom.

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu revealed the discussions in a message on Twitter this afternoon as a number of European countries closed their borders with the UK because of the new strain, which is allegedly more contagious.

The Trudeau government did not respond to questions from The Canadian Press about whether Canada was considering a travel ban.