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Halifax microbiology lab looks at building capacity to test for COVID-19 variants

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COVID-19 variants are being discovered across the country, Halifax is considering the benefits of building testing capacity locally.Every two weeks Nova Scotia sends its positive COVID-19 samples to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for genome sequencing testing, to determine if any of the samples test positive for a variant strain of the virus.On Wednesday two cases of the  B.1.1.7.

COVID-19 variant, which was first identified in the U.K., were detected in samples that were gathered from Nova Scotia’s Central Zone.

Health officials said the cases relate to two infections identified back in January, where the individuals have since recovered.

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