Canada detects two cases of Omicron variant, first confirmed in North America


Canada announced on Sunday that it had detected its first cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid, in two people who had recently visited Nigeria.

The two patients are in isolation while public health authorities trace their possible contacts, Ontario federal and provincial officials said.

“I was informed today by the Public Health Agency of Canada that testing and surveillance of Covid-19 cases has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of concern in Ontario,” said the Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos in a press release.

“As surveillance and testing continues,” he added, “more cases of this variant are expected to be found in Canada.”

The Ontario government has confirmed that both cases are in the capital Ottawa.

The World Health Organization has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’ and countries around the world are now restricting travel from southern Africa, where the new strain was first detected, and are taking others. new precautions.

The WHO says it could take several weeks to find out if there are any significant changes in transmissibility, severity or implications for Covid vaccines, tests and treatments.

Canada on Friday banned travel from seven African countries over concerns over the spread of the Omicron strain. Nigeria was not one of them.



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