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Canada reports first cases of fast-spreading U.K. COVID variant

Canada reports first cases of fast-spreading U.K. COVID variant
It's the first time the U.K. variant has been identified in North America.

Two people in Canada have been infected with the more contagious coronavirus variant that was first detected in England.(Cole Burston/AP Photo) The variant was first detected in the U.Saturday’s discovery in Canada is the first time the variant has been detected in North America.Scientists estimate the new variant is up to 70% more contagious than previous versions of the virus.

After the new variant was reported last week, several countries issued new restrictions on travel to and from the U.Those restrictions have not stopped many countries from later detecting the new variant within their borders.

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