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By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted April 10, 2020 6:16 pm

The federal minister of Indigenous services says that even though the number of COVID-19 cases on reserves remains low, no one should be complacent.

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Marc Miller told reporters during a news conference on Friday that borders and checkpoints are good for identifying people with COVID-19 entering a community, as well as making people aware of the disease, but they can’t lead people to believe that they are safe.

He says the remoteness of many Indigenous communities as well as aggressive measures taken by their leadership has helped keep out the coronavirus, but that the communities could be more adversely affected due to longstanding social-economic inequities.

As of Thursday, there were 40 cases of confirmed COVID-19 in First Nation communities on reserves, and five cases in Nunavut.

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Dr. Tom Wong, chief medical officer of public health, told the news conference it’s very important to keep COVID-19 off reserves, and to encircle cases that are identified with contact tracing.

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