TORONTO — Canada is reporting its first case of a coronavirus variant that emerged in South Africa.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, says the case was found in the Peel region and the person does not have a known history of travel or any known contact with someone who has traveled.
Viruses constantly mutate but scientists are primarily concerned with the emergence of three that researchers believe may spread more easily. Another variant first reported in the United Kingdom was previously confirmed in Canada. The variant first found in South Africa was detected in October. Since then, it has been found in at least 30 other countries including the U.S.
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