Yukon health officials reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to 87.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley said 22 cases were in Whitehorse and seven were in rural communities.
He said 31 of the cases are believed to be caused by the more contagious Gamma variant of the virus, which first emerged in Brazil.
Yukon has seen a recent surge in infections, with nearly half of the 182 total cases since the pandemic's onset currently active.
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver said last week that he would not introduce new public health restrictions, but would instead step up enforcement.
Silver said the outbreak is linked to graduation events at a high school, two classes at an elementary school and several groups that gathered for bush and house parties, and at bars.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2021.
The Canadian Press