Canada mentioned on Sunday that it had detected its first instances of the brand new Omicron pressure of Covid in two individuals who had lately traveled to Nigeria.
Federal and Ontario provincial officers mentioned each sufferers are in isolation whereas public well being officers hint their potential contacts.
Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos mentioned in a press release: “At present I used to be knowledgeable by the Canadian Public Well being Company that testing and surveillance of COVID-19 instances has confirmed two instances of the Omicron kind of concern in Ontario.”
“As surveillance and testing continues,” he mentioned, “it’s anticipated that extra instances of this kind can be present in Canada.”
The Ontario authorities confirmed that each instances are within the capital, Ottawa.
The World Well being Group has listed Omicron as a “kind of concern” and international locations around the globe at the moment are proscribing journey from southern Africa, the place the brand new pressure was first detected, and others are taking new precautions .
The WHO says it could take a number of weeks to know if there are important adjustments in transmission potential, severity or implications for COVID vaccines, assessments and coverings.
Canada on Friday banned journey to seven African international locations over considerations in regards to the unfold of the Omicron pressure. Nigeria was not one in all them.
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