Iqaluit changing under severe restrictions due to COVID-19

The Nunavut territory has yet to declare a positive case of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 but its restrictions are not going anywhere for the time being.

According to authorities, Nunavut has administered 369 tests in which 114 have come back negative. The other 255 are waiting for results.

Early on, the territory brought in measures to keep COVID-19 out.

Given the high rates of tuberculosis, another respiratory ailment, authorities looked at COVID-19 as a virus that would run rampant throughout communities if harsh measures weren’t brought in.

Like in the rest of the territory, nothing is business as usual in Iqaluit – and the town is changing under the COVID-19 restrictions.

Video Journalist / Iqaluit

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.