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The first two Canadian cases of the novel variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, passed through Montreal before arriving in Ottawa, their final destination.
“Their tests were initially done in Montreal. We received the results through our partnership with the province of Quebec, ”said Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, at a press conference in Toronto this morning.
The Ontario announced on Sunday that it had detected the first two cases of omicron in the country in travelers from Nigeria. & Nbsp;
These travelers were tested by chance on arrival since the tests are now carried out by lot. “We were lucky to catch them,” said Dr Moore who wishes more travelers were tested, regardless of their vaccination status.
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These two people are in isolation and are closely monitored by Ottawa Public Health and federal public health, assured Dr. Moore. He added that other potential cases of omicron are currently being investigated in the province.
“I will not be surprised if there are more cases in Ontario, because we have a very strong surveillance system, excellent detection capacity. We are also able to sequence the genome of 100% of positive tests, ”he explained.
Ontario is currently working to trace 377 travelers who have returned to the country in the past two weeks from one of the seven southern African countries placed on the federal red list.
Nigeria, located in West Africa, is not on this list which includes South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Namibia.
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