COVID-19 UK Variant Responsible For Nfld. Mass Outbreak

COVID-19 UK Variant Responsible For Nfld. Mass Outbreak

An emergency news conference was called in the province tonight.

Morrison said it was a case announced on February 4.

Fitzgerald said the confirmation of the variant helps explain why the outbreak in the greater St. John's region spread so quickly and easily.

New Brunswick reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.

Newfoundland and Labrador has largely enjoyed low single-digit daily case numbers with people leading relatively normal lives throughout the pandemic.


P.E.I. has had 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The province is dealing with an ongoing outbreak due to the presumed COVID-19 variant, B117, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom and is more contagious than the original strain.

There have been 194 cases announced since Monday, accounting for almost all of the province's current active cases. Fitzgerald's advice for people's weekend plans was blunt: "Stay in your bubble".

All in-person voting in the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election has been cancelled.

In a letter sent to party leaders today, Bruce Chaulk says the province's chief medical officer of health should use her powers to delay the election.

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