Two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in two individuals who lately flew from Nigeria, the Ministry of Health in Ontairo, Canada, says.
The health ministry said in a statement that Ottawa Public Health is performing case and contact management.
The statement read: “Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria”,
“In addition to the measures recently announced, we continue to urge the federal government to take the necessary steps to mandate point-of-arrival testing for all travellers irrespective of where they’re coming from to further protect against the spread of this new variant.”
Also, Federal Health Minister, Jean-Yves Duclos corroborated Canada’s first two cases, adding that he was working with the province’s public health officials to trace the cases.
Duclos said in a statement: “As the monitoring and testing continues with provinces and territories, it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada,”
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, genomic monitoring, as well as border surveillance, recognized the cases.
The agency said early data indicate the Omicron variant may be more contagious than earlier iterations of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that results in COVID-19.
The World Health Organisation has established it a variant of concern, as it includes dozens of mutations that scientists fear may enable it to evade vaccines, though evidence is limited at this time.
With over 100 cases already recognized, Omicro was first recorded by South African scientists.
In the same vein, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is keeping an eye on occurring evidence on Omicron variant and its implication.
The health agency in a statement on Sunday night said this would inform Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While a number of cases have now been reported in the UK, Israel, Botswana, Hong-Kong, Germany, Belgium, Italy and so on, NCDC said the variant is yet to be identified in Nigeria.