It’s unclear whether one variety is more infectious or harmful than the others.
The Ontario government stated Sunday that there are two confirmed cases of the omicron type of coronavirus in Ottawa.
“The province of Ontario has recorded two cases of COVID-19’s omicron variant in Ottawa today, both of which were reported in people who had recently travelled to Nigeria. Case and contact management is being carried out by Ottawa Public Health, and the patients are being isolated, “According to the statement.
These are the country’s first confirmed instances of the omicron variant, which come just days after the country imposed a new travel ban on foreign nationals who had visited various countries in southern Africa in the previous two weeks.
On Friday, the travel restrictions went into effect. South African researchers were the first to discover the omicron form, which has sparked worldwide concern.
Little is known about the new form, which the World Health Organization has called omicron and classified as a variant of concern. It’s been connected to an increase in cases in one South African region.
At this time, it is unknown whether this variety is more transmissible or hazardous to people who become infected with it than other coronavirus variants.
“Stopping the omicron version at our border is the best defence. In addition to the newly announced measures, we continue to urge the government to take the important steps to mandate point-of-arrival testing for all travellers, regardless of origin, to help prevent the spread of this new variant “Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr Kieran Moore, issued a joint statement.
Residents were asked to be vaccinated, including booster doses, and to continue to follow public health advice, according to the provincial administration.
“Ontario is equipped and ready to respond to this new variety,” says the statement.
More cases are anticipated to be confirmed: Minister of Health
The confirmation of two omicron cases, according to federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, is an indication that the country’s surveillance system is working but that additional cases of the mutation are likely.
“It is predicted that further examples of this variety will be detected in Canada as the monitoring and testing with provinces and territories continues,” Duclos added.
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