June 5 local COVID-19 report: COVID-19 Delta variant detected in Central East zone

A case of COVID-19 Delta, also known as the B.1.617 Indian variant, has been detected in the Central East zone.

The Central East zone is a large region that covers Humboldt, Yorkton and Melville. The provincial government did not provide any further information where within the zone the case was detected.

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"The delta variant, B.1.617, has been detected essentially across Canada," said Dr. Theresa Tam, the national chief public health officer, at a June 4 press conference. "There's now increasing evidence to show that it is more transmissible and maybe more transmissible, in fact, than the alpha variant, that B.1.1.7 variant, so that is obviously a characteristic of concern."

Tam said there's evidence out of the United Kingdom that while one dose of COVID-19 can provide some protection against Delta, having both doses provide much stronger protection.

"This is why it's important to remind everybody to get a second dose," she said.


New cases (June 5)

  New Active
Humboldt area (Central East 1) 0 17
Kelvington-Punnichy area (Central East 2) 0 21
Nipawin area (North East 1) 4 10
Melfort area (North East 2) 0 16
Tisdale-Hudson Bay area (North East 3) 0 9

Vaccinations (June 5)

  Vaccine Doses
Central East 1,596
North East 703

Variants of Concern (June 5)

  VoCs Detected by Screening VoCs Sequenced (WGS) Alpha (B.1.1.7 UK) Beta (B.1.351 SA) Gamma (P.1 Brazilian) Delta (B.1.617 Indian)
Central East 611 353 344 0 1 1
North East 68 39 38 0 1 0

Hospitalization (June 5)

  Inpatient ICU
Central East 3 2
North East 0 0


More details about COVID-19 province-wide today can be found here.

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