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Monday, October 2, 2023

The first infection of the new coronavirus variant “Omicron” in Canada verified in Ottawa

According to the Ontario government, two cases of the Omicron strain of the coronavirus have been identified in Ottawa. Further, a statement mentioned that the two individuals had recently returned from Nigeria. The Ontario government announced on Sunday.

The statement read as, “Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting a case, and contact management and the patients are in isolation.”

These are the country’s first confirmed instances of the omicron variant, which come just days after the government imposed new travel restrictions on foreign nationals who had visited various countries in southern Africa in the previous two weeks.

On Friday, the travel restrictions came into force. South African researchers were the first to discover the omicron strain, which has sparked worldwide worry. Only a few things are revealed about the new variant, which the World Health Organisation has called Omicron and classified as a variant of concern. It’s been connected to a spike in cases in one South African region.

At this time, it is hard to understand whether this variant is more transmissible or hazardous to people who are infected with it than other coronavirus variants.

According to the provincial administration, Residents should get vaccinated, including renewal doses, and follow public health advice. The federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos mentioned that the confirmation of two omicron cases is an indication that the country’s surveillance system is working. Still, additional cases of the mutation are likely.

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos expressed that, “It is predicted that further cases of this variety will be detected in Canada as the monitoring and testing with provinces and territories continues.” The Public Health Agency of Canada has expressed in a separate statement that border restrictions might alter as the situation unfolds.

Source: CBC News

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