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One dead in COVID 19 outbreak linked to variant at North Bay, Ont., apartment building

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The South African variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in an outbreak in North Bay, Ont., which has seen 20 confirmed cases with a variant of concern. The community has seen an outbreak at an apartment building with at least 18 confirmed variant cases – Feb 14, 2021

NORTH BAY, Ont. _ Public health authorities say a person has died after being infected with a COVID-19 variant in an outbreak at a North Bay, Ont., apartment building.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit declared the outbreak at the building last week and has since reported 31 COVID-19 cases linked to it.

The health unit says 20 of those cases have been identified as a variant of COVID-19.

Read more: More cases connected to North Bay, Ont., apartment outbreak with COVID-19 variant

One of the cases has been identified as the variant first detected in South Africa while further testing is underway to determine the strain involved in the others.

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The region’s top doctor, Dr. Jim Chirico, says public health authorities are working to curb the spread of variants to prevent future deaths.

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COVID-19 variants are believed to be more contagious and experts have raised concerns about their spread in the province.

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