Front Burner

The growing threat of COVID-19 variants in Canada

An unprecedented outbreak in Newfoundland of the coronavirus variant originally found in the U.K. holds lessons for the rest of Canada. CBC St. John's reporter Peter Cowan talks about what those lessons are.
Waiting times at COVID-19 testing sites in Mount Pearl, N.L., reached several hours over the weekend after Newfoundland and Labrador went back to Alert Level 5 due to a spike in new cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador is back in full lockdown after seeing a record number of new COVID-19 cases in the last week. A scheduled provincial election switched to mail-in ballots only 12 hours before people were supposed to go to the polls. The new cases involve the coronavirus variant that first appeared in the U.K. 

Today on Front Burner, CBC St. John's reporter Peter Cowan discusses the developments in his province and the lessons they may hold for the rest of Canada.