Rapid spread of COVID-19 variants in British Columbia remains a major concern for health officials

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Rapid spread of COVID-19 variants in British Columbia remains a major concern for health officials


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One of the biggest concerns for health officials in British Columbia right now is the rapid spread of COVID-19 variants in the province.

On Monday, the province reported 916 new cases of variants since April 1, pushing the total number to more than 3,500 since the start of the pandemic.

There remain 588 active cases of the variants in British Columbia, 373 being identified as strain B.1.1.7, originally found in the UK, and 215 identified as strain P.1, originally found in Brazil.

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British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Monday that variants could soon lead to transmission, but the current restrictions are tight enough.

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“These are strong measures now,” Dix said. “Remember, all of these numbers really reflect the events that happened before the new restrictions were put in place.

“The problem isn’t the measurements now, it’s (that) we all have to follow (them).”

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Over the weekend, doctors in British Columbia spoke out about the effects of new variants of COVID-19 on young people.

Evidence suggests that the worrisome variants are not only more contagious, but also lead to more serious hospitalizations, especially in young adults.

“With the initial COVID, the feeling was really that even though young people may be infected with COVID, they may not get sick. I think the variants changed that… and I don’t know if people realize that, ”Dr Gerald Da Roza, chief of medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital, told Global News.


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