Officials are reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the province's active case count to 285.
An emergency news conference was called in the province tonight.
Newfoundland and Labrador's chief electoral officer is calling on authorities to postpone the vote in Saturday's provincial election.
She said it's impossible to know how many cases of the variant are in the province right now, though it is presumed that all of the 244 COVID-19 cases identified this week in the St. John's area are related to the more infectious B.
In areas where the United Kingdom variant has been previously detected, it quickly becomes the dominant strain.
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But Trump's lawyers say that goal only underscores the "hatred" Democrats feel for Trump. "But, please, stop the hypocrisy". He added that he did not think an effort to bar Trump from holding office again under the 14th Amendment would go anywhere.
Officials announced yesterday the province is now at Alert Level 5, the most restrictive level of its COVID-19 response plan, which prohibits gatherings of more than 5 people.
Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says the situation can not be "sugar-coated" and asymptomatic spread must be contained.
Premier Andrew Furey says, "I can't stress enough the urgent nature of this situation". As doctors, we all know too well what this variant of COVID-19 can do.
There have been 194 cases announced since Monday, accounting for almost all of the province's current active cases.
"The positive cases we are seeing now are primarily the result of exposures in the last two to three weeks", Fitzgerald said.