Four cases of COVID-19 variant first detected in India reported in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — Four cases of the COVID-19 variant first detected in India have been reported in Manitoba.

Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal made the announcement Friday. The B.1.617 strain is considered a ‘variant of interest’ in Manitoba, not a ‘variant of concern.’

“At this time, Manitoba is not undertaking specific screening for this VOI, or any other VOI,” said Atwal.

Atwal said the four B.1.617 cases were confirmed through sequencing.

“Based on current sequence surveillance on further sequencing of unspecified variants of concern, Manitoba is not seeing widespread transmission of this variant in the province at this time.”

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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