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United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 variant identified in Haldimand-Norfolk

Jan. 29, 2021 – The United Kingdom (UK) variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Haldimand-Norfolk.

The UK variant appears to be more highly contagious, though early suggestions are that the vaccines distributed in Ontario will be effective against this variant.

“The appearance of this more easily-transmittable variant of COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk underscores the importance of continuing to follow public health guidance,” says Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, Medical Officer of Health. “Continue to keep your distance from others, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and avoid having close contact with those you don’t live with.”

In response to the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases, a declaration of emergency was made by the Province on January 12, 2021 for all of Ontario.

Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures – as well as a province-wide stay-at-home order – are anticipated to be in place until at least February 9, 2021.