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Top doctor in N.W.T. says first COVID-19 variant cases identified in territory

Last Updated Apr 8, 2021 at 3:08 pm EDT

YELLOWKNIFE — The Northwest Territories has detected its first COVID-19 variant cases.

The territory says two recently announced infections have been identified as the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

The cases include an out-of-territory worker at the Diavik Diamond Mine, 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, and a N.W.T. resident in Yellowknife.

The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, says the infected people and contacts are doing well and there is no risk to the public at this time.

She says the Yellowknife case is related to international travel and the individual was tested upon returning to Canada.

Kandola also says her office is working with the mine to safely return local and out-of-territory workers home, and all workers on site will be tested.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press