‘Sobering’: Document new COVID-19 circumstances within the London area, Brazilian variant arrives


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The health unit in the London area reported 176 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, beating the daily record of one day set a few days ago.

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Jennifer Bieman

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April 14, 2021 • • 9 hours ago • • 3 minutes read • • 39 comments (Getty Images)(Getty Images)

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The London area health unit reported the highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as officials also reported the first local case of the ultra-contagious Brazilian variant.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported 176 new cases, the ninth day this month with a three-digit total and another COVID-19 death, a man in his eighties unrelated to long-term care or a retirement home.

Thirty-five of the new cases reported on Wednesday are related to the outbreak at the Cargill chicken processing facility, Assistant Health Officer Alex Summers said on Wednesday. The number of employees affected by the outbreak is 82. The plant on Cuddy Boulevard is closed for two weeks due to infections.

“A day like today is sure to be a sobering thing,” said Summers.

“Of the cases we see there are a number that are socially related. . . But jobs also play a role. We knew the numbers were likely to stay high or even get worse this week because we’re still not far enough off order at home to see results. “


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The Brazilian variant case, reported Wednesday by the health unit, was identified in a person who had traveled within Canada, Summers said, declining to disclose the specific location the person was visiting. There is still no evidence of local transmission of the Brazilian or P.1 variant, he said.

The contagious strain of COVID-19 is increasing in British Columbia. Existing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments may not be as effective on the Brazilian variant.

The announcement of the P.1 case in the London area comes because the health unit has changed the way in which variant cases are reported. A step that revealed the specific burden in hundreds of local cases.

Of the 746 variant cases reported so far, all but one are of the British tribe. Another 186 cases tested positive for variant mutations that have yet to be determined.

The health unit had previously only confirmed 10 cases of the UK variant in the London area that were the result of full genetic sequencing of the variant-positive COVID-19 samples.

Public health officials now identify the specific variant type by identifying the mutations present in a sample, rather than sending them for in-depth – and highly involved – genetic analysis.

The health unit’s updated variant reporting is now in line with the way Public Health Ontario reports cases of contagious COVID-19 strains, Summers said.

In London and Middlesex Counties, variant cases that displace the population now dominate Wild type Coronavirus that fueled the first and second waves.


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In the week of March 28, 52.5 percent of cases in the London area were variant.

The London Health Sciences Center had 52 COVID-19 patients in the hospital on Wednesday, including 18 in intensive care. The number of COVID patients at the LHSC has nearly doubled in the past week.

Infections that have emerged at Easter weekend gatherings are likely to show up in this week’s numbers, Summers said.

“Our great hope is that by next week it will be a full two weeks for home orders (April 8th) and we will see a reduction.”

“The week after an outbreak has broken out is the worst because you won’t see the fruits of your labor until at least two to three weeks after you take action. . . . In terms of our numbers, it will be an interesting couple of days. “

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