Canada's three westernmost provinces have seen rapidly rising cases of coronavirus variants, sometimes doubling within weeks, and Manitobans should expect the same thing to happen here, health researchers caution.

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Canada's three westernmost provinces have seen rapidly rising cases of coronavirus variants, sometimes doubling within weeks, and Manitobans should expect the same thing to happen here, health researchers caution.

That's why they all urge governments in their own provinces to hold off on lifting pandemic restrictions until more people receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

In Alberta, the B117 coronavirus variant, which was first found in the United Kingdom, is on its way to becoming the dominant strain of the virus, said Dr. Noel Gibney.

"Basically these variants, it's inevitable," said Gibney, a retired intensive care physician and co-chair of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association pandemic committee.

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