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Nunatsiavut wants meeting with Premier over COVID-19 data

The provincial government has still not made a decision on whether to clear the vegetation from the Muskrat Falls reservoir and soon it will be a moot point. The Nunatsiavut government has asked the province to follow through on the recommendation from the Independent Expert Advisory Committee, which will mitigate the potential for methylmercury entering the food supply in Labrador, but Nunatsiavut president Johannes Lampe said they have gotten no response from government.
NG President Johannes Lampe said he is disappointed to learn from the government website that a person from the region had been diagnosed outside of the land claim and wants to speak to the premier about it.- SaltWire File Photo

Inuit government says no cases confirmed in their region

HOPEDALE, N.L. —

The Nunatsiavut Government (NG) wants a meeting with Premier Dwight Ball over data released by the province on April 8 which shows a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the province is now being listed by region and one is listed in Nunatsiavut on the provincial government's website.

The provincial data on COVID-19 released on April 8 showed one confirmed case in the Nunatsiavut region. The Nunatsiavut Government says this isn't the case and wants to meet with the Premier. - COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
The provincial data on COVID-19 released on April 8 showed one confirmed case in the Nunatsiavut region. The Nunatsiavut Government says this isn't the case and wants to meet with the Premier. - COURTESY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

“This is unacceptable,” said NG president Johannes Lampe in a release. “This shows a blatant lack of respect to Labrador Inuit and the Nunatsiavut Government.”

According to the release, there are no confirmed cases in any of their five communities on the Labrador coast and the person referenced in the data was outside of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area when diagnosed, and has fully recovered.

“At no time was the individual in any Labrador Inuit community from the time of diagnosis until recovery,” the release states.

NG said due to privacy, no information that may identify the individual would be released.  

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