Ontario: the British variant confirmed in a retirement home

About 100 cases linked to the British variant have been confirmed at a retirement home in Ontario, where a dramatic outbreak of COVID-19 is causing concern.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on Tuesday reported nearly 100 cases “probably” linked to the British variant at the Roberta Place long-term care home.

Prior to the results of this investigation, seven samples analyzed tested positive for the British variant in the same residence over the weekend.

“Our investigation of these preliminary results is early, but it appears that two people have no known connection with the people we recently identified as positive for the British variant,” said Dr Charles Gardner, medical officer of the Health Unit of the Simcoe Muskoka District.

The British variant of SARS-CoV-2 is 70 times more contagious than the coronavirus.

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