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A new COVID-19 variant has been discovered in Texas by scientists at the Texas A&M University Global Health Research Complex (GHRC).

The variant, dubbed "BV-1," has only been found in one individual with mild symptoms and it is presenting similar features to the current variant that is spreading around the United Kingdom, but scientists are not sure if antibodies are effective against it.

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Several Ontario schools are temporarily dismissing their staff and students this week following a series of COVID-19 outbreaks.

According to Toronto Public Health (TPH), six people tested positive at Donwood Park Public School this week, including four who screened for a variant of concern.

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More than a dozen cases have now been confirmed amid a COVID-19 outbreak in an Ontario apartment building.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (NBPSDH) confirmed the outbreak Monday after testing a total of 110 residents of the Skyline-Lancelot Apartments.

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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.*

TPH put out a statement about the variant, which is thought to be more transmissible than the original COVID-19 virus.

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Over 35 LCBO employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of January. 

The retail company has announced that these cases have been reported in multiple different stores across the province. 

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