There have now been over 90 instances of COVID-19 virus variants detected in Canada since they have been first detected late final yr.
On Friday, Canada’s Chief Public Well being Officer introduced that over 85 instances of the UK (B.1.1.7) variant of coronavirus, and 9 instances of the South African (B.1.351) mutation, have been discovered throughout the nation thus far.
Dr. Theresa Tam reported the brand new instances at a press convention however didn’t specify which provinces or territories they have been found in.
As of January 22, British Columbia had reported six instances of the variant first detected within the UK and three instances of the South African variant.
On January 25, Alberta confirmed 20 instances of the B.1.1.7 mutation thus far, and 5 instances of the B.1.351 variant.
In Ontario, well being officers mentioned the UK variant is “a major risk to regulate of the pandemic” within the province. As of January 26, there have been 43 instances of the variant within the province.
The Public Well being Company of Canada has warned that new instances of the mutations with no current journey historical past recommend neighborhood transmission is already taking place.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a number of new journey restrictions supposed to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
Trudeau mentioned that main Canadian airways could be cancelling their service to solar locations, together with the Caribbean and Mexico, beginning on January 31.
Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, and Air Transat have agreed to droop service till April 30.
Starting subsequent week, all worldwide flights will solely be allowed to land at 4 airports throughout the nation: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
As effectively, there’ll now be a second necessary COVID-19 check for arriving passengers in Canada. As passengers await a end result, they are going to be required to attend in quarantine for 3 days at a supervised lodge, at their very own expense.
Tam mentioned that these new restrictions will nonetheless apply to anybody who has been vaccinated.
So far, Canada has seen 766,103 COVID-19 instances and 19,664 virus-related deaths