Brazilian COVID-19 variant, believed to be more transmissible, found in Toronto
By Ryan Rocca Global News
Posted February 7, 2021 5:06 pm
Updated February 7, 2021 6:38 pm
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Toronto Public Health officials say a case of the Brazilian COVID-19 variant, which is believed to be more transmissible than other strains of the novel coronavirus, has been found in the city.
In a news release Sunday, officials said the case involves a Toronto resident who is hospitalized and recently travelled from Brazil.
It marks the first known case of the strain in Ontario.
Officials also confirmed a case of the South African variant in Toronto involving a person who has no links to travel.
It marks the second known case of the South African variant in Ontario, with the first being a man in Mississauga. Other cases of that strain have been confirmed elsewhere in Canada.
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Brazilian, South African and U.K. COVID-19 strains have been identified as “variants of concern.”
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