Public health officials close Toronto school after several COVID-19 variant cases

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TORONTO — Public health authorities have ordered the closure of a Toronto school after several cases of a COVID-19 variant were found.

Toronto's health unit says a COVID-19 outbreak in Donwood Park Public School has sickened six people in the school.

Those include four cases that have screened positive for a variant.

The unit says the four variant cases are likely from community exposure.

It says testing is recommended for the whole school as well as families of those at the school.

Health officials say the school's temporary closure is a "precautionary measure" to allow an investigation to be conducted while preventing further virus spread.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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