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Two communities in the Northwest Territories under lockdown orders since mid-August will see those orders lifted late Saturday as active cases of COVID-19 start to decline across the territory.

Colville Lake and Fort Good Hope have faced some of the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, which started after a hand games tournament became a superspreader event.

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There are four active cases in Colville Lake, where half of the community’s 150 people got COVID-19.

Norman Wells, which has a population of about 800 people, is now under a 10-day lockdown after cases climbed in the community last week.

Chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, says there are also 43 cases of COVID-19 in Yellowknife and community transmission is ongoing in the city.

There are 117 active cases of COVID-19 across the territory, down from 262 cases last Thursday.

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