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World Canada: What is known about the largest cluster in the world with the Brazilian Variant

22:35  12 april  2021
22:35  12 april  2021 Source:   lexpress.fr

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with 877 confirmed cases, British Columbia has become the center of the largest number of contagions in the Brazilian variant, outside Brazil.

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Canada has recorded more than 25,000 cases of more contagious coronavirus variants since the beginning of the year, the most affected provinces being Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. The latter is particularly affected by the Brazilian variant, says P1.

877 Confirmed cases

All would have left a ski resort, the country's most famous, that of Whisler, tells Guardian . It was closed by the provincial authorities at the end of March, when they realized that the Brazilian variant spread rapidly. If British Columbia is not the most affected region by COVID-19, it is undoubtedly the one where the variant spreads the most with 877 confirmed Case of P1, including nearly a quarter related to Whistler. , or about 200. It is in any case become the center of the largest outbreak sequenced of the world's variant outside Brazil.

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However, among the 84 people initially positive tested in the variant, none returned from South America, or even from abroad, notes the British daily. The majority of the cases of the ski resort concern young workers, such as this 22-year-old hotel employee who entrusts Guardian have been leached by the disease.

Delay on

screening In addition, the authorities fail to keep the accounts up-to-date as the Canadian province has shifted on screening for VVID-19 variants. "It is also a question of misfortune. But the fact that we have been late in the implementation of reinforced quarantine measures probably did not help, explains Jean-Paul Soucy, co-founder of the Working Group on Open Covid-19 Canada. If these measures had been put in place earlier months, perhaps that could have been slowed down - or even avoided. "

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However, the authorities do not plan to improve screening for variants, on the contrary. "We simply assume that these screened positives will be the variants. We assume that anyone who is positive for Covid-19 must be treated as if he had a highly transmissible virus," says Dr. Bonnie Henry, responsible for The health of the province.

The neighboring regions affected

The British daily also notes that the epidemic has been accelerated by the lack of housing in the city, forcing the inhabitants to live in many apartments. "Because the rent is so foolish, there are people who live in cupboards and sometimes up to eight people sharing housing", thus testifies the employee of 22 years.

The Guardian also affirms that the epidemic of P1 has since spread throughout the province and in the neighboring Alberta, suspected of having infected 21 players from Vancouver's professional hockey team, the Canucks, according to The official website of Team .

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