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COVID-19 variant outbreak grows to 29 cases at Toronto shelter

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TORONTO — The City of Toronto says 29 people living at a shelter have tested positive for an unidentified COVID-19 variant.

The city says Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak at Maxwell Meighen on Feb. 3.

It says Public Health Ontario is sequencing the samples to identify the COVID-19 variant.

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The city says all residents who have tested positive for the disease have been sent to a recovery centre.

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It says there are currently 121 people staying at the shelter.

There are nine shelters with COVID-19 outbreaks with 149 people testing positive for the disease.

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