India’s B.1.617 variant fails to take over in British Columbia, latest data shows –

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India’s B.1.617 variant fails to take over in British Columbia, latest data shows – fr


On Monday, provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry reported 974 new cases in the past three days and 12 deaths.

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The latest data from the BC Center for Disease Control shows that the COVID-19 variant first identified in India (B.1.617) is not spreading wildly in the province.

The variant, responsible for the devastation of COVID-19 in India since it emerged earlier this year, was discovered in British Columbia in early April.

At the end of April, provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said 39 cases had been identified in the province. At this point, the mutation of the original coronavirus was seen as an interesting variant – meaning the World Health Organization was looking to see if it spread more easily or lead to more disease.

On May 12, the WHO declared B.1.617 a variant of concern and the BCCDC began publishing cases. There are now four variants of concern in British Columbia which account for 85% of all new cases.

BCCDC data for the week of May 9 to 15 (the most recent data available) showed 378 cases were found, up from 306 the week before. B.1.617 now accounts for 2% of all variant cases in British Columbia, compared to 1% during the week of May 2-8.

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On average, of all positive test results sampled during the week of May 9 to 15 in British Columbia, 85% were variants of concern across all health authorities. Overall, 94% of all samples in Vancouver Coastal Health were variants, compared to 89% in Interior Health, 82% in Fraser Health, and 63% in the Northern Health region.

On Monday, Henry reported 974 new cases in the past three days and 12 deaths. There are 3,953 active cases in British Columbia, of which 292 are being treated in hospital, of which 96 are in intensive care. The seven-day average daily number of cases, the number of active cases and hospitalizations continue to decline as vaccinations increase.

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