The Omicron variant “does not seem to be circulating in the community”

The Omicron variant & ldquo; does not seem to be circulating in the community & raquo;

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There does not appear to be community transmission of the Omicron variant for the moment in Quebec, indicated the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).

< p> So far, only one case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed in Quebec. This is a traveler returning from Nigeria and residing in Quebec. The case was confirmed by sequencing on November 29.

Cases from travelers and their contacts are being investigated to determine if they are cases of the Omicron variant.

< p>In order to have a portrait of the situation in Quebec and to check if the new variant is circulating in the community, the Laboratoire de santé publique du Quebec (LSPQ) carried out a one-off survey to determine by screening the number of Omicron variants among the cases. positive for SARS-CoV-2.

No trace of the Omicron variant was detected among all samples positive for COVID-19 during the analysis and screening carried out on November 30.

“Currently, this variant does not seem to be circulating in the community, apart from cases related to travelers,” the INSPQ said in a press release on Monday.

From now on, all travelers returning from the foreigners who test positive are screened for the presence of the Omicron variant.

A variant of concern

< p> The new variant B.1.1.529 was detected on November 25 in South Africa. It was named Omicron and designated a variant of concern by the World Health Organization. This variant is now considered of concern in Canada and Quebec.

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