The Canadian province of Quebec reported its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Nov. 29, making it the third case in the country.
Speaking at a press conference, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé and Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda said that a woman who had recently returned from Nigeria tested positive for the new variant.
The Quebec case came a day after the province of Ontario reported Canada’s first two Omicron cases in the capital Ottawa from individuals who also recently returned from Nigeria through an airport in Montreal.
Arruda could not provide further details on the Quebec case due to privacy reasons.
Arruda also would not confirm if the Quebec case was related to the Ottawa cases.
Dubé said that officials have identified 115 people from countries affected by the new variant and quickly contacted them to undergo a screening test and strict isolation rules.
“We don’t know what to expect with this new variant, but the federal government is following this closely,” Dubé said.
Dubé also underlined current COVID-19 restrictions in Quebec, including limiting private indoor gatherings to 10 people and public social activities to 25 people.
“We have to learn to live with this virus. We must not relax our good practices: Respect health measures, get vaccinated, and get tested,” Dubé said, adding that the next few weeks will be “critical.”
Canada has currently barred all foreigners who have traveled through the southern Africa region from entering the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new variant.
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