At least one case of the new Omicron variant confirmed in Quebec

At least one case of the new Omicron variant confirmed in Quebec

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A first case of the new Omicron variant has been detected in Quebec, confirmed the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, who urges Quebecers aged 70 and over to get their third dose at the approaching the holidays. & nbsp;

Currently, at least 115 travelers returning to Quebec from South African countries affected by the new variant have been contacted to perform a new screening test and place themselves in isolation. & Nbsp;

Earlier Monday morning, Ontario announced that two Ottawa residents infected with the new variant had passed through Montreal on their way back from their trip. & nbsp;

“The federal government very quickly tightened measures for travelers”, greeted Minister Dubé, during a press briefing in Montreal alongside the National Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda. & Nbsp; & nbsp;

“No matter where you travel, you have to be careful,” Dubé insisted, noting that the requirements determined by the federal government when returning travelers could change rapidly. In particular, the list of targeted countries could grow longer.

  • Listen to the interview with André Veillette, Researcher in immunology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal & nbsp; & nbsp;

All the more reason to get vaccinated & nbsp; & nbsp;

< p>Among children, 32% of 5 to 11 year olds have already received or will soon receive a first dose of the vaccine, “good news”, said Mr. Dubé. This represents just over 200,000 children, a figure that is expected to rise rapidly thanks to the vaccination in schools, which began on Monday. & Nbsp;

To those still hesitating, the arrival of the new variant becomes one more reason to protect oneself adequately, considers the minister. The majority of new cases of COVID-19 are detected among unvaccinated people, which includes children aged 5 to 11. & Nbsp;

3 e dose & nbsp;

Mr. Dubé reported that just over a third of 70-year-olds have yet to get their third dose of the COVID vaccine, despite being eligible six months after the second. & Nbsp;

< p> “It's going very slowly. […] Go get your 3rd dose, ”he insisted. This is especially true for the most vulnerable, such as those living in residences. “This is where we wouldn't want it to start again, the appearance of outbreaks,” he said. & Nbsp;

The government is also awaiting a new opinion from the Quebec Immunization Committee regarding the vaccination of healthcare workers, who may soon have access to a third dose. & Nbsp;

Vigilance & nbsp;

With the holiday season fast approaching, it will take at least two weeks before experts can adequately measure the penetration rate of the new variant.

The measures that will be in effect at Christmas will not be not specified before December 6, said Dr. Arruda.

Vigilance remains in order, even for people adequately vaccinated. & nbsp;

“We absolutely have to respect sanitary measures, ”said Mr. Dubé. & nbsp;

“Gatherings in homes are still limited to 10 people,” the minister recalled. It is therefore not allowed to rent a chalet to have an “office party”, he stressed. & Nbsp;

Quebec has also asked the federal government to provide it with 10 million. rapid tests, which could be used for example in early childhood centers, with children who do not have access to the vaccine. & nbsp;

– With the collaboration of Olivier Faucher, Le Journal de Montréal & nbsp;

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