CBC News in Canada shows that the Northwest Territories currently have the highest rate of active COVID-19 cases in the country, more than 1.5 times the rate in Alberta, which has the second highest. The territory reported 578 active cases on Tuesday.
In the country of Canada, The Northwest Territories (commonly abbreviated as NT or NWT; French: Territoires du Nord-Ouest) is a federal territory of Canada. With an area of approximately 1,144,000 km2 (442,000 square miles) and a 2016 census population of 41,790, it is the second largest and most populous of the 3 Northern Canadian territories. Its estimated population as of 2021 is 45,504. Yellowknife is the capital, the most populous community and the only city in the area; its population was 19,569 at the 2016 census. It became the territorial capital in 1967, following the recommendations of the Carrothers Commission.
The 24 municipalities of the North-West Territories cover only 0.2% of the earth’s surface, but host 95.8% of the population.
The city of Yellowknife is certainly the capital of the Northwest Territories and the only city in the territory. It is located on the Canadian Shield, on the north shore of Great Slave Lake and about 400km south of the Arctic Circle.
The Northwest Territories, a portion of the old Northwest Territory, entered the Canadian Confederation on July 15, 1870. Since then, the territory has been divided 4 times to create new provinces and territories or expand existing ones. Its current borders date back to April 1, 1999, when the size of the territory was again reduced with the creation of a new territory of Nunavut to the east, through the Nunavut Law and the Nunavut Territorial Claims Agreement. While Nunavut is mostly Arctic tundra, the Northwest Territories have a slightly warmer climate and is both boreal forest (taiga) and tundra, and its northernmost regions are part of the so-called Arctic Archipelago.
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