COVID-19 in Ottawa: Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Ottawa

OTTAWA – Two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ottawa, the first cases of the variant in Canada.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Ontario government says two people who recently traveled from Nigeria tested positive for the variant.

The two patients are in isolation, and Ottawa Public Health handles case and contact management.

Ottawa Public Health has not released any other information about the two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Health Director Dr. Kieran Moore the two cases.

“Ontario is prepared and ready to respond to this new variant,” the statement said.

“Our hospital and intensive care facilities remain stable and the province continues to report one of the lowest rates of active cases in the country. The Ontario COVID-19 Genomic Network continues to actively monitor for all potential variants circulating in the province. , including the Omicron variant. “

The World Health Organization designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern last week and called it “Omicron”. The WHO said the variant was first reported by South Africa on 24 November and the first confirmed case came from a sample collected on 9 November.

On Friday, the federal government banned foreign nationals who had traveled to seven countries in southern Africa over the past 14 days from entering Canada. Countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Canadian nationals and permanent residents who have been in the countries within the previous 14 days will be subject to improved testing, screening and quarantine measures. All travelers must be quarantined for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the federal government is ready to step up measures to deal with the Omicron variant.

“The priority of our government will always be the health and safety of Canadians. We have some of the most robust border measures in the world, and we announced further initiatives regarding the new variant Omicron,” Alghabra said on Twitter.

In a statement on Twitter, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam that the National Microbiology Laboratory works closely with provinces and territories to monitor for cases.

“Canada has a robust monitoring program in place to detect genetic changes in the # SarsCoV2 virus that cause # COVID19 and / or to identify any new variants of the virus in Canada, such as the Omicron variant of concern,” Tam said.


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