Canada on Nov. 28 reported its first two cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province of Ontario.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore announced in a statement that the province has detected two cases of the new variant in Ottawa, the national capital.
According to the statement, the two individuals who tested positive for the variant recently traveled from Nigeria and is currently under isolation.
“Ontario is prepared and ready to respond to this new variant. Our hospital and intensive care capacity remain stable and the province continues to report one of the lowest rates of active cases in the country,” Elliot and Moore said.
Elliot and Moore also said that Ontario has already expanded its eligibility for COVID-19 testing at all testing centers to individuals who have traveled from the southern African region between Nov. 1 and Dec. 6.
“We will continue to monitor trends in key public health and health system indicators, monitor for and learn about this new variant, and we will act quickly if necessary,” Elliot and Moore said.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that it expects other cases of the Omicron variant to be found in Canada as monitoring and testing continues.
Canada has implemented enhanced border measures on Nov. 26 for all travelers who have been in the southern African region within the last 14 days before arriving in Canada until Jan. 31.
“The Government of Canada will continue to assess the evolving situation and adjust border measures as required,” Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement.
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