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Third case of UK COVID-19 variant discovered in Ottawa

Last Updated Dec 27, 2020 at 1:21 pm PST

A model of a coronavirus is displayed next to boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at an exhibit by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. China said Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, that it is joining the COVID-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Ontario health officials have confirmed a third case of the UK COVID-19 variant in the Ottawa region.

Ottawa Public Health Department says the individual is now in self-isolation, adding they had recently travelled from the UK. However, they gave no timetable as to when they arrived back in the country.

Provincial health officials also report that the first two people confirmed with the variant strain, a couple in Durham Region, had indeed been in contact with a recent traveller from the UK.

It was initially reported the pair had no previous exposure or high-risk contacts.

“This further reinforces the need for Ontarians to stay home as much as possible and continue to follow all public health advice, including the provincewide shutdown measures,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health. “This is also an important reminder about the need for arriving international travelers to maintain quarantine for 14 days.”