Today's coronavirus news: Ontario reports 748 cases; province still in fourth wave as cases rise, says Ontario's top doctor

Today's coronavirus news: Ontario reports 748 cases; province still in fourth wave as cases rise, says Ontario's top doctor

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 6:46 p.m. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday, The Canadian Press reports. The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out. Scientists monitor for possible changes that could be more transmissible or deadly, but sorting out whether new variants will have a public health impact can take time. South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in new infections, …
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