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COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: total cases in First Nations surpass 11,000 – CBC

Jan 13, 2021

The number of active COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities continues to rise, according to the latest data from Indigenous Services Canada.

As of Jan. 11, 4,225 active cases were reported in First Nations. In a Jan. 8 update, the federal department said there was a reduction in the number of newly reported cases the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, versus three weeks previously.

But the data does not take into account new outbreaks that have since occurred. In Manitoba, First Nations now account for 40 per cent of new infections while making up about 10 per cent of the overall provincial population.

Five new cases were also reported in Tobique First Nation, marking the first COVID-19 cases in a First Nation community in New Brunswick.

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