Ontario officials have confirmed that a U.K. variant of COVID-19 has been reported in Toronto.
In a press conference on Monday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, associate chief medical officer of health, states it is one of the three recent cases discovered.
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The third case is a resident of the City of Toronto with recent travel to the United Kingdom.
Dr. Barbara Yaffe
According to Yaffe, this brings the provincial U.K. variant cases up to six across the province.
Residents of York Region, Peel Region and Ottawa have all also tested positive for the U.K. variant.
"All three of the new cases have travelled, or have had close contact with someone who travelled outside of the country," stated Yaffe.
"Travel if only absolutely necessary," the doctor warned. "COVID-19 does not know borders."
The new variant of COVID-19 is reported to spread much faster, according to CTV.
However, the World Health Organization has stated that the U.K. variant is not more deadly.