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Yukon sees its first two COVID-19 cases — a couple who recently visited the U.S.

Coronavirus outbreak: Yukon announces first two cases of COVID-19
WATCH: Yukon announces first two cases of COVID-19

Yukon’s chief medical health officer says the territory has its first two cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Brendan Hanley says a couple from Whitehorse who attended a conference in the U.S. were tested upon their return.

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He says they had both been self-isolating since they got home, and in doing so, protected their fellow Yukoners from catching the virus.

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Hanley says the cases do not change the risk of becoming ill with the virus in the territory.

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Ottawa working with airlines to repatriate Cdns; first COVID-19 case in NWT

He’s recommending everyone avoid non-essential travel into and out of Yukon.

He says he had already planned on making the recommendation before the two cases were confirmed.

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Hanley says everyone who comes to the territory from outside Yukon is required to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they didn’t travel outside Canada.

The territory is also banning social gatherings of more than 10 people.

Coronavirus outbreak: Northwest Territories confirms 1st case of COVID-19
Coronavirus outbreak: Northwest Territories confirms 1st case of COVID-19