Ontario Confirms Presence of UK COVID19

By: Laura Steiner
The province of Ontario has confirmed the presence of a COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom (UK).  Two cases were found in Durham Region.
“This further reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay home as much as possible and continue to follow all public health advice, including the province-wide shutdown measures,” Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said.  The two cases have no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts.  Both are now in isolation.
The COVID-19 variant found in the UK spreads easier and faster.  However there is no evidence that it will cause severe illness, or that any vaccines will be any less effective against it.  Canada has issued a travel ban starting January 6, 2021 on all inbound flights arriving from the UK.  The province of Ontario has entered a 28-day province-wide shutdown to slow the spread of COVID19.  Residents are being asked to limit their contacts to their immediate households, and only leave their homes for essential purposes such as groceries, and medical appointments.