Coronavirus: Waterloo Region confirms first cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India

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Coronavirus: Waterloo Region confirms first cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India
Coronavirus: Waterloo Region confirms first cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India

Health officials in Waterloo Region added 32 more COVID-19 cases Wednesday as the health unit logged its first confirmed cases of the B.1.617 variant first detected in India.

The Region of Waterloo Public Health’s COVID-19 dashboard shows 15,741 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 15,088 are considered resolved.

Public health officials have now begun reporting the number of B.1.617 cases, the variant first detected in India. Four cases have been confirmed as that variant.

In total, 3,084 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed as a variant of concern, with 2,729 confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

Another five have been confirmed as the B.1.351 variant, first detected in South Africa, and 26 cases as the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

The number of active cases dropped by 49 in the past day, down to 381.

In Waterloo Region, 256 people have died of the disease.

Hospitalizations also continue to decline in the region, down to 28 people, with 23 of those receiving treatment in intensive care units.

There are seven active outbreaks in the area.

Fewer than 1,100 COVID-19 cases were reported across in Ontario for the second straight day. The province added 1,095 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, with 23 more deaths.

Ontario has logged 8,678 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

The province’s positivity rate dipped slightly from 6.2 per cent on Tuesday to 5.3 per cent on Wednesday.

Ontario’s seven-day average now stands at 1,622, down from 2,183 at this point last week.

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