The Ontario government, Canada, has on Sunday confirmed detection of first cases of new Omicron strain of COVID-19 in two travelers to Nigeria.
According to the Ontario government, the two cases are in Ottawa, noting the patients are in isolation while health officials commence on contact tracing.
According to France24, the Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement he “was informed today by the Public Health Agency of Canada that testing and monitoring of COVID-19 cases has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of concern in Ontario.
“As the monitoring and testing continues, it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada.”
The Omicron variant is a variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The variant was first reported to the World Health Organisation from South Africa on 24 November 2021.