21 cases of COVID subvariant XBB.1.5 detected in Canada, says PHAC – CTV

Jan. 4, 2023

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it has detected 21 cases of the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant as of Jan. 4.

The agency said Wednesday that they wouldn’t be reporting growth rates until there is “sufficient data”, but a day earlier said in an email to CTVNews.ca that it’s still “too early” to tell if the variant is spreading in Canada beyond sporadic cases.

“PHAC scientists continue to monitor cases in Canada and track developments internationally,” it stated.

The update on XBB.1.5’s impact comes as the variant continues to spread across the U.S. and has caused concern among health experts, who warn that this variant may have a higher resistance to antibodies than previous strains.

At the beginning of December, Omicron sub variant XBB.1.5 made up just 1.3 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S. By the end of that same month, XBB.1.5 was responsible for 40 per cent of cases in the U.S, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/21-cases-of-covid-subvariant-xbb-1-5-detected-in-canada-says-phac-1.6216768

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