B.C. officials to provide update on COVID-19 variants in schools


B.C.’s education minister and deputy provincial health officer are scheduled to speak with reporters on Monday afternoon to discuss COVID-19 variants in schools in the Fraser Health region.

Jennifer Whiteside and Dr. Réka Gustafson will speak at the news conference at 3 p.m., which will be carried live on BC1, on our website, the Global BC Facebook page and CKNW.

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COVID-19 variant exposures reported at multiple B.C. schools

Schools in Surrey and Delta are open Monday despite confirmed cases of a COVID-19 variant of concern.

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At last count, B.C. has identified 72 cases of COVID-19 variants, the majority of which were the B.1.1.7 variant, first discovered in the U.K.

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Health officials have warned that variants could lead to a third wave of infections.

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