On Thursday afternoon, health officials in British Columbia announced that two more cases of the COVID-19 variant from the UK have been discovered.
During a live update, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry explained that the affected individuals are “household contacts” of the initial case that was discovered in late December.
The initial case is a person who lives on Vancouver Island and “returned to BC from the UK on flight AC855 on December 15.”
They “developed symptoms while in quarantine” and were tested, resulting in a positive diagnosis.
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Henry added that “there are no other contacts and we do not believe that anybody else is at risk of this variant.”
Health officials also continue to do surveillance and testing of people who have travelled as well as a selection of people around the province.
“We have not yet found any other cases in BC with this variant,” Henry stressed.