Canada discovers first cases of coronavirus variants: health officials

The first two cases of a variant of the particularly infectious coronavirus that recently emerged in the UK have been confirmed in Canada, health officials said on Saturday. “The cases involve a Durham couple with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts,” Barbara Yaffe, acting chief medical officer of Ontario, said in a statement. The couple were isolated, the statement said on the same day that Ontario was re-locked for several weeks because of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the province since early December. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that his country would extend the suspension of passenger flights from the UK until January 6 as the coronavirus strain hits the UK.

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