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18 cases of new COVID-19 variants have been detected in B.C. (SPH)

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has asked people to do more, including avoiding all non-essential travel, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Photo credit: CBC News)
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has asked people to do more, including avoiding all non-essential travel, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. (Photo credit: CBC News)

Health officials announce 1,158 more cases confirmed over the last three days and 21 more deaths

A total of 18 people have been identified with infections of new variants of the novel coronavirus in B.C., an issue that Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says is one of the most concerning facing the province right now.

During Monday’s daily briefing, Henry said that 14 cases of the variant first reported in the U.K. have been confirmed here, along with four of the variant from South Africa.

Henry said health officials are screening through random sampling at places like St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, targeting travellers arriving in B.C. and targeting other specific groups that may have higher chances of exposure.

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