Zero new COVID cases in P.E.I. as officials say case involving variant is contained

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island's chief medical officer of health says it appears the first case in the province of a more contagious novel coronavirus variant has been contained.

The variant first detected in the United Kingdom was identified over the weekend in P.E.I., which was the last province to confirm a case of the mutation.

Dr. Heather Morrison said today the person infected with the variant went into isolation as soon as they arrived on the Island and has had zero close contacts.

She says the case indicates that the province's surveillance protocols are working to control the pandemic.

Officials are reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 on the Island today.

They say there are two active cases in the province, which has reported zero COVID-19-related deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2021.

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