Ontario couple faces charges over 1st cases of new COVID-19 strain, detected only by fluke
2021-01-12 from cbc.ca
The first known cases in Canada of the U.K. variant of the coronavirus were discovered only by fluke, and the couple who fell ill are now facing public-health charges, CBC News has learned.
The woman and man, from Durham Region east of Toronto, had contact with a traveller from the U.K. prior to falling ill, the provincial Health Ministry said last month.
But the ministry also indicated the man and woman initially withheld that information.
"Additional investigation and follow-up case and contact management has revealed that the couple had indeed been in contact with a recent traveller from the U.K., which is new information not provided in earlier interviews," the ministry said in a Dec. 27 statement, one day after it said the couple had had "no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts."
The Durham Region Health Department confirmed to CBC News that both are facing charges, but would not comment further on the case, citing that the matter is before the courts. The couple has not been named publicly.
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