British Columbia health officials reported 445 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 additional deaths in their final update of the week.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said B.C. had also detected the first case of a new variant of the virus, dubbed B1.525 and associated with travel to Nigeria.
“We aren’t entirely clear yet whether this variant also has increased transmissibility or causes more severe illness, but our lab team is working with their counterparts in Canada and internationally to get a better understanding,” Henry said.
The update left the province with 4,347 active cases of the virus, Henry said. An additional 7,035 people were isolating due to potential exposure.
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