Mutant COVID-19 strain from United Kingdom likely in Quebec

BC health officials have confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom has now been detected in the province.

In addition to couple in the Durham region northeast of Toronto, the province said a third unrelated case was found in Ottawa, in a person who had recently travelled to Britain.

Japan on Friday reported its first cases of a fast-spreading variant in passengers arriving from Britain.

Moderna said in a statement on Wednesday that its vaccine will likely be able to protect people from the new strain, adding that it planned to run tests to confirm the vaccine's efficacy.

A couple from the Durham region, with no known travel history, or exposure to high-risk contacts have been informed and are now in self-isolation as per public health protocols.

While Tam said she was hopeful, with the approval of a second COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada, she called on Canadians to continue following public health recommendations.

"This reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay at home as much as possible and to continue to follow public health advice, including lockdown measures for the entire province". The projections showed the province could see 300 intensive care unit beds filled within 10 days and possibly as many as 1,500 by mid-January under a worst-case scenario.

"We will continue to do everything we can to keep people and communities safe and may consider further action to reduce non-essential travel as the situation evolves", said a ministry spokesperson in an emailed statement to CTV News Vancouver on Boxing Day.

This COVID-19 variant has now been detected in multiple countries beyond the United Kingdom, including France, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

While some provinces, including Quebec and Ontario, have said they don't plan to release new data on the spread of COVID-19 on Christmas, New Brunswick reported a single new infection Friday.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says research into a new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is ongoing. Regardless of whether federal support is forthcoming, the Ontario government is prepared to act on its own to implement an airport testing program.

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