COVID-19 outbreak declared in Whitehorse, with 9 cases added since Friday

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Yukon’s acting chief medical officer of health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse, with nine new cases reported since Friday.

Dr. Catherine Elliott, Yukon’s acting chief medical officer of health, reported six cases over the weekend and added another three on Monday.

The cases were caused by the gamma variant, also known as P.1, according to a Yukon government news release on Sunday.

“The outbreak is linked to youth and adults who are not yet vaccinated. It includes participants at both organized and informal events linked to high school graduation, as well as adults who are socializing in close proximity such as at bars and house parties,” reads the news

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