Sign in
EN - News

Canada Has Detected Its First Case Of The South African COVID-19 Variant

Dr. Deena Hinshaw gave details about the case.
COVID-19 South African Variant Has Been Found In Canada For The First Time

The COVID-19 South African variant has officially made its way to Canada and Alberta is reporting the first case of it.

The province's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on January 8 that it has been detected there.

Editor's Choice: Canada Has Numbers On How Many People Had Adverse Reactions To The COVID-19 Vaccine

The individual is in quarantine & there's no evidence at this time that the virus has spread to others. Dr. Deena Hinshaw

She said that the case involves someone who had recently travelled.

That person is in quarantine and there is currently no evidence that the virus variant has spread to others in the province.

Dr. Hinshaw said that she knows new cases are "concerning" but health officials "are actively monitoring for these variants."

Earlier in the day when the variant case was reported, Dr. Theresa Tam gave an update about the COVID-19 numbers in Canada.

At that time, she said there were 14 cases of the U.K. variant but didn't mention any for the South African one.

When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, Canada will be putting out weekly reports with information about any reactions people have after getting a dose.

Stay Informed
Get Calgary's latest and greatest stories every day straight to your inbox.

As of September 22, Ontario vaccine certificates will officially come into effect across the province. This means that residents will need to show proof of vaccination to get into multiple establishments including restaurants and gyms.

We asked you on Instagram what you wanted to know about the new certificates and have answered all your questions below.

Keep Reading Show less

A Guinness World Record has just been bestowed upon a very, very tall Canadian teen, and he truly stands head and shoulders above most of us.

Hailing from Quebec, 15-year-old Olivier Rioux clocks in at a neck-ache-inducing 7 feet, 5.33 inches tall, which has earned him a place in the 2022 edition of the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living male teenager. That makes him taller than any of the Toronto Raptors players.

Keep Reading Show less

The details of Saskatchewan's vaccine passport are officially here after being teased just hours earlier by the province's premier.

During a press conference Thursday, September 16, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced that the province's vaccine passport is set to launch on October 1, following a rise in COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations.

Keep Reading Show less

Alberta's Vaccine Passport Is Officially Coming But It Won't Be Used Everywhere

Businesses can decide if they want to implement it or not.

With Alberta currently under a state of emergency, the province will be introducing a vaccine passport, but there will be some exemptions.

On Wednesday, September 15, the provincial government announced the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program, which is Alberta's form of a vaccine passport.

Keep Reading Show less