Toronto Public Health (TPH) confirmed on Sunday, January 7 that the city has officially confirmed its first case of the Brazil COVID-19 virus variant, otherwise known as the P.1 variant.*\nTPH put out a statement about the variant, which is thought to be more transmissible than the original COVID-19 virus.\nEditor's Choice: A Big Chunk Of Ontario Is Being Warned About 'Extreme Cold' With Wind Chills Of -45 C\n\n\n\n“\n\n\n[TPH] is reporting that a Toronto resident has tested positive for [...] the Brazilian variant of concern. \n\n\nToronto Public Health\n\n\nTPH has confirmed that the individual had just returned from a trip to Brazil and is currently hospitalized.\nThe city's public health unit is also confirming its first case of the South African variant, although an individual in Peel has already tested positive for this variant. \nThe Toronto resident who has tested positive for the South African variant "has had no recent travel history and has had no known contact with anyone who is a returned traveller."\nAccording to the health unit, "as of February 6, 2021, there are 27 confirmed variant of concern cases in Toronto."\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPremier Doug Ford has previously called on the federal government to temporarily ban flights from countries where new variants are detected, including Brazil and Portugal.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOntario's stay-at-home orders and state of emergency remain in effect.