Five things to know about the Brazilian P.1 variant spreading in B.C.

The P.1 COVID-19 variant, known as the Brazil variant, is on the rise in B.C., hitting towns like Whistler hard and even sidelining members of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

Health officials on Thursday released the latest tally of COVID-19 cases in the province and put the number of Brazil variant cases at 379, the largest count for any jurisdiction outside of the country where it originated.

Where is it circulating?

B.C. is far and away leading the country in Brazil variant cases. It is followed by Ontario with 96 cases and Alberta with six, though the latter province’s chief medical officer said on Saturday that health officials there were investigating a “significant” spread of the Brazil variant linked to a traveller.

Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, has said there have been clusters in the Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Interior Health regions.

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