Feb 08, 2021
By Jane Brown
Toronto has reported Ontario’s first case of a highly contagious COVID-19 variant first identified in Brazil.
The case detected in a Toronto resident has been confirmed by Toronto Public Health. A statement says the resident, who travelled from Brazil, tested positive for the P.1 variant and is now in hospital.
The local public health unit has also reported Toronto’s first case of the South African variant, known as B.1.351. It has been detected in a Toronto resident with no recent travel history and no known contact with anyone who is a returned traveller.
There are now two known cases of the South African variant confirmed in the province. The other is a Mississauga man who also had no known connection to travel.
Additionally, there are 174 cases of the B 1.1.7 variant, first detected in the United Kingdom. Many of those cases residents of Roberta Place long term care home in Barrie.