REGINA – Saskatchewan has identified its first cases of a more contagious strain of COVID-19 with no known links to travel.
Health officials say two cases of the mutation first identified in the United Kingdom were found in two residents in the Regina area.
The Ministry of Health says they were tested at the end of January and health officials believe there is no link to travel.
The province also reported its first case of the strain initially found in South Africa in a resident who lives in a region that includes Prince Albert that is still under investigation.
This brings the provincial total of confirmed variant of concern cases to seven, including one presumptive case.
Health officials announced another 122 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday and say four more residents have died from the virus.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 23, 2021