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Canada Logs Cases of COVID-19 Omicron Variant

CANADA – The country detected its first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 which is currently a global variant of concern.

For more than a year now, the world is battling against the COVID-19 pandemic that rocked healthcare systems and cost millions of lives across the globe. Many people lost their loved ones without seeing them as the virus requires isolation and many people died amid their fight against the disease.

First recorded in China as per reports, the COVID-19 spread fast across the globe that even the World Health Organization (WHO) was alarmed by how fast it spread. WHO warned nations not to let their guards down early to prevent another surge of the cases.

However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, different mutated variants of the virus were detected. Recently, another variant, the B.1.1.529 or Omicron variant, became a global concern.

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Health experts are still studying the nature of Omicron which was recorded in South Africa and Hong Kong. Many countries abruptly implemented travel bans to prevent the entry of the said variant of concern.

Recently, Canada also confirmed its first cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the first cases were detected in travellers from Nigeria. The federal and provincial officials of Ontario assured that contact tracing is already ongoing.

Based on the report, Canadian health minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that it is expected that cases of Omicron will be detected in the country amid the testing and monitoring of the cases. The said two (2) first cases are in the capital Ottawa and both of the patients are now in isolation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advised countries to implement protocols to prevent the entry Omicron. It is tagged as a “heavily mutated” variant of COVID-19.

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