Amid growing reports that the mutant COVID strain originally thought to be from the UK has made it to other parts of the world — it has now reportedly made it to Canada. Per Canadian health officials, a couple in Metro Toronto has tested positive for the highly contagious new strain of the virus.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Canadian health officials claim that the couple, who has not been identified, has no known travel history,
- Because of such it is an indication they may have caught the strain from inside Canada.
- US health officials are warning their own lackluster UK travel rules are insufficient.
There is conflicting information running amuck on just how contagious the new strain is.
- The new strain has also made it into: Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Holland, and other countries.
- The announcement came from Dr. Barbra Yaffe, the chief medical official for the area of Ontario.
- The cases found are particularly from Durham a neighborhood just outside of Toronto.
This further reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay home as much as possible and continue to follow all public health advice, including the provincewide shutdown measures beginning today,’ said Yaffe.
‘Durham Region Health Department has conducted case and contact investigation and Ontario is working in collaboration with our federal counterparts at the Public Health Agency of Canada.’
Health officials maintain that the current vaccines will be effective against the new strain, although, it is unclear whether or not that strain has even been tested against the various new strains found.