Experts believe B.C.’s COVID-19 variant trend is about one month behind Ontario’s

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Sumary of Experts believe B.C.’s COVID-19 variant trend is about one month behind Ontario’s:

  • Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said Tuesday she is not considering tougher restrictions, at least not yet, to slow the spread of COVID-19 variants in the province..
  • The number of active variant cases dropped to 266 Wednesday from 588 on Tuesday, but the concern remains high around the province..
  • Henry said the B.1.1.7 strain, which was first discovered in the U.K., is dominant in B.C., but that in the last few weeks there has been an increase in the P.1 variant, which was first discovered in Brazil..
  • “Cases have surged and people are having a much higher number of contacts, and that has meant increased numbers of people in hospital,”.
  • “We know much of this transmission is happening in younger people, so that means numbers of younger people in hospital has increased, and numbers of younger people needing ICU care has increased, and that is concerning.”.
  • government resists calls for more restrictions as COVID variants grow across province UBC professor and mathematical biologist Dr. Sarah Otto told Global News Wednesday that much more is known about the B.1.1.7 strain than the P.1 strain..
  • “So you put that together and with all of the variants you are about four times more likely to get it and more likely to land in hospital.”.
  • Those with weakened immune systems may reveal the secrets to the variant mystery Otto said she is concerned the recent closures and restrictions will not be enough to bend the curve of the virus back down and she would not be surprised if there were more restrictions in areas targeting where transmission is still taking place..
  • “The key message is, as soon as you can get a vaccine, as soon as you can get it into your arm — the more people we have vaccinated — that bends the curve down too,”.
  • Ontario issuing stay-at-home order, declares 3rd state of emergency amid COVID-19 pandemic On Thursday, the Ontario government declared the province third state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and issued a provincewide stay-at-home order effective on Thursday at 12:01 a.m….

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