NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Canada Confirms Two New Covid 'Omicron' Infections

Canada Confirms Two New Covid 'Omicron' Infections

Omicron Covid Variant: Canada said it detected first cases of the new strain of Covid. (File)

Ottawa:

Canada said Sunday it has detected its first cases of the new Omicron strain of Covid, in two people who had traveled recently to Nigeria.

Both patients are in isolation while public health authorities trace their possible contacts, said federal and Ontario provincial officials.

"I was informed today by the Public Health Agency of Canada that testing and monitoring of Covid-19 cases has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of concern in Ontario," Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement.

"As the monitoring and testing continues," he added, "it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada."

The government of Ontario confirmed that the two cases are in the capital Ottawa.

The World Health Organization has listed Omicron as a "variant of concern" and countries around the world are now restricting travel from southern Africa, where the new strain was first detected, and taking other new precautions.

The WHO says it could take several weeks to know if there are significant changes in transmissibility, severity or implications for Covid vaccines, tests and treatments.

On Friday, Canada banned travel from seven African countries over concerns about the spread of the Omicron strain. Nigeria was not one of them.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Related news
BREAKING: Djokovic faces deportation after losing visa appeal.

BREAKING: Djokovic faces deportation after losing visa appeal.

Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia and will not play in the Australian Open after losing his visa appeal to stay in the country. Three Federal Court judges upheld a decision to cancel the unvaccinated tennis star's visa on public inter...

Teenage pregnancies up in Africa due to COVID pandemic - DW News.

Teenage pregnancies up in Africa due to COVID pandemic - DW News.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many young girls. For months, schools were closed in hundreds of countries. As a result, there's been a rise in teenage pregnancies. The NGO World Vision says as many as one million girls across sub-...

1 22

After the killing of her husband, she raised five girls and achieved her dream │ Rooftop Revelations.

After the killing of her husband, she raised five girls and achieved her dream │ Rooftop Revelations.

ROOFTOP REVELATIONS: Day 56 with Pastor Corey Brooks #FoxNews #DigitalOriginals Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking ne...

COVID-19: Boris Johnson is 'great for Labour', says Wes Streeting.

COVID-19: Boris Johnson is 'great for Labour', says Wes Streeting.

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting says Boris Johnson's behaviour is 'great for Labour'. It follows several days' of revelations about the drinking culture inside Downing Street during the COVID lockdown. He also warned No 10 against lifting Pl...

1 12

COVID-19: Dowden backs PM but 'disgusted' by Downing St parties.

COVID-19: Dowden backs PM but 'disgusted' by Downing St parties.

Trevor Phillips’ 36-year-old daughter Sushila died in April last year after battling an eating disorder. She had isolated in line with the Government’s lockdown rules. Phillips asks Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden if Boris Johnson unders...

Djokovic to be deported from Australia after losing visa appeal - DW News.

Djokovic to be deported from Australia after losing visa appeal - DW News.

Novak Djokovic says he is extremely disappointed that he faces deportation from Australia after losing his appeal against his visa cancellation. Three judges upheld the decision made by the country's immigration minister that the tennis star posed...