Jan 14, 2021

By Christine Ross

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There are now 14 cases of the new U-K COVID variant in Ontario and three of those have no known travel history.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says invoking the stay-at-home order is even more critical with this highly infectious variant.

“And we know with this variant, it takes even less contact time, so a face-to-face chat with someone with no mask on standing two feet away and laughing and talking, for about four or five minutes, you’ve transmitted it,” said Dr. Williams.

The new strain, B.1.1.7, is 45 percent more transmissible than the virus that causes COVID-19.

Dr. Williams also says of the over 113,000 vaccines given to date, there have been only 21 mild adverse reactions that required no hospitalizations.

Meantime, the chair of the science table, Dr. Steini Brown was quoted as saying the government could have enacted “stronger policies” but that it was up to elected officials to decide.

But Dr. Williams says the order is targeted at those unwilling to follow stay-at-home measures adding previous restrictions didn’t bring the virus case numbers down.

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