COVID-19 outlook in N.L. still considered severe, researcher says – CBC

1 in 49 people estimated to be infected, Tara Moriarty says

Jan 10, 2023

A COVID-19 researcher says the pandemic outlook in Newfoundland and Labrador remains severe following the emergence of a new subvariant of the virus.

Tara Moriarty, who leads the advocacy group COVID-19 Resources Canada, estimates 1 in 49 people in the province — more than 10,000 people — are currently battling a coronavirus infection.

Moriarty says the strain, dubbed XBB.1.5, may have been around for a while and only just detected last week.

“The situation across Canada, in multiple provinces, is severe,” she said Monday. Newfoundland and Labrador’s outlook, although slightly better than the country as a whole, has been most recently influenced by a surge in infections over the holidays.

It’s not clear what caused that bump in cases.

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