COVID-19: South African variant confirmed in New Brunswick

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FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting two cases of a variant of the novel coronavirus first identified in South Africa.

Officials say the two variant cases were reported in the Saint John region earlier this month.

They say one case is related to travel outside Canada and the other case involves a contact of the traveller.

New Brunswick is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19 today: four in the Moncton region and six in the Edmundston area.

The province has 145 active reported cases of COVID-19 and 18 patients in hospital with the disease, including 13 in intensive care.

Part of Zone 4, which includes Edmundston and the upper Madawaska region, remains under lockdown.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 12, 2021.

The Canadian Press