Toronto Public Health reports that at least two out of 78 COVID-19 cases at a meat production facility in Toronto have been identified as such by the UK Coronavirus variant strain

According to an update released Monday afternoon, there are currently 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak at Belmont Meats on Signet Drive near Highway 400 and Steeles Avenue West

Public health workers said that two of the outbreak-related cases tested positive for B117 variant

“There is also evidence of a secondary carryover of the variant in cases of household members linked to an employee in the workplace,” the statement reads

“Currently there is no evidence that any cases identified in the outbreak have recently traveled or had contact with anyone who has recently traveled”

Officials said investigations into the cases began on Tuesday, and the facility, which is not open to the public, voluntarily closed two days later

The statement said that everyone affected by the outbreak has been contacted and asked to isolate and search for COVID-19 tests

According to the latest data from Public Health Ontario, so far 15 people in Toronto have looked at confirmed cases of the UK Variant

On Thursday, experts with Ontario’s COVID-19 science and modeling tables said the UK The variant poses a “significant threat” to the province’s pandemic efforts

“The new worrisome variants, the mutated SARS-CoV-2 virus, are clearly spreading in the community and will likely be the dominant version of the virus by March,” said Dr Adelsteinn Brown, co-chair of the scientific advisory table and dean of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, told reporters
Officials said the variant was likely to be at least 30 percent more transmissible, and evidence from the UK suggests it may have a higher chance of death

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