First case of United Kingdom's coronavirus variant detected in Quebec

Canada surpasses 15000 COVID-19 deaths

Quebec has become the fourth province to confirm its first case of a more contagious COVID-19 variant.

"The epidemiological investigation showed that the person who traveled had only prolonged contact with the three members of their family, all of whom tested positive for COVID-19 and who are in isolation at their home".

The number of Canadians who have died from the illness since the pandemic began has reached 15,001 as of December 28, according to a new report from CTV News.

Meanwhile, Montreal police said today they received almost 700 calls from citizens who reported people allegedly breaking health orders during the week of December 21 to December 27, and said they issued 34 tickets.

Over half of Canada's deaths happened in Quebec, where the virus has killed just over 8,000 people.

The variant first seen in the United Kingdom now also has been found in Ottawa and the Vancouver Island area of B.C.

Alberta confirmed its first case yesterday (December 28). B.C.

The move comes after Canada's first confirmed case of the variant was reported in Ontario over the weekend.

Based on what is now known about the variant, which may be more infectious than the original strain, Labos said public health guidelines will likely not change with the confirmation of its arrival in Quebec.

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