COVID-19 variants spreading faster in GTA areas wi

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More contagious and deadly variants of the virus behind COVID-19 are disproportionately affecting Toronto-area neighbourhoods with the most essential workers and lowest income levelsSeveral hospital authorities ove, new research suggestsThe local public health units to close workplaces while investigations into cases and sources of transmission take place.

A preprint published on Friday in medRxiv — an online portal for research that is so far unpublished and not yet peer-reviewed — looks at per-capita rates of COVID-19 cases, both overall and those confirmed to be variants, between early February and mid-March in various neighbourhoods of both Toronto and Peel.

During the study period, variant cases emerged faster in groups with the lowest income levels and most essential workerscaptionPosition, the research team found.

“As we keep talking about a third wave, it’s pretty clear in that data where that third wave is,” said author Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease specialist and researcher with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

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