The presence of South African and Californian variants of COVID-19 has just been detected in Quebec.
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Authorities plan to step on the accelerator to further monitor variant cases across the province.
“Quebec will acquire a very adequate capacity to sequence and do the screening within a week to two weeks ”, assured the D Tuesday.r Horacio Arruda.
Flanked by Prime Minister Legault, the National Director of Public Health clarified that the government has been watching mutations in the virus for several months already.
Currently, Quebec has the capacity to send 8% of cases declared positive for COVID-19 for analysis to identify variants. Dr Arruda is eventually aiming for a mutation detection rate of 15%.
So far, eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants have been identified across the province. The mutation originating in the United Kingdom was detected in eight people, mainly in Montreal.
Traces of the South African variant were also discovered in two individuals from Abitibi-Témiscamingue. This strain appeared following an outbreak “associated with a fast food restaurant, and another outbreak following a party,” said Dr.r Arruda.
Less widespread, the California mutation of the coronavirus is believed to be associated with travel. “We do not yet know much,” said the national director of public health. The person is isolated ”.
According to him, it is to be expected that other variants will eventually be discovered in Quebec.
More than 200 cases have been identified to date in Ontario, following a mega-outbreak at the Roberta Place senior care center that has affected some 200 patients and staff, killing some 60 people.
Alberta, for its part, has more than a hundred variant cases, while British Columbia revealed on Monday that it has 40.