Well being officers in Ontario mentioned on Saturday that two confirmed circumstances of the brand new coronavirus variant first detected in the UK have appeared within the Canadian province.
Scientists say the variant is about 40%-70% extra transmissible than the unique pressure. A number of different international locations, together with Australia, Italy and the Netherlands say they detected circumstances of the brand new pressure.
The Canadian circumstances, recognized in a pair in southern Ontario with no identified journey historical past, publicity or high-risk contact, got here because the province went right into a lockdown on Saturday.
“This additional reinforces the necessity for Ontarians to remain house as a lot as potential and proceed to observe all public well being recommendation, together with the provincewide shutdown measures starting right now,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s affiliate chief medical officer, mentioned in a press release.
Ontario reported 4,301 new circumstances over the previous two days on Saturday, with the province seeing greater than 2,000 circumstances per day for 12 consecutive days.
Final week, Canada prolonged to Jan. 6 a ban on passenger flights arriving from Britain and expanded enhanced screening and monitoring measures to vacationers arriving from South Africa, citing the rise of the extra infectious variant.
Scientists say there isn’t a proof that vaccines at present being deployed – together with one made by Pfizer and BioNtech – or different COVID-19 photographs in growth is not going to shield in opposition to this variant.
Canada started rolling out the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month and began distributing Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine throughout the nation final Thursday.
Canada has up to now reported 541,616 circumstances of COVID-19, together with 14,800 deaths.