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Indigenous Services Canada says it continues to be troubled over the high number of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities.
Their latest numbers show there are over 5,500 active cases of COVID-19 which brings the total to over 13,000 confirmed cases on reserve to date with 120 deaths.
“These numbers continue to be alarming and now is not the time to ease up on public health restrictions,” Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said at a press conference Wednesday.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is particularly showing concern for rising cases in the prairie provinces.
When asked to speculate ISC says it is most likely due to the opening up of economies with public places like restaurants being allowed to open and also due to gatherings over the Christmas holidays.