New COVID variant: Canada to ban some travelers


Ottawa – Canada has banned the entry of all foreign nationals who have traveled through South Africa in the past 14 days as concerns about a new coronavirus mutation are growing.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said anyone who has traveled through South Africa in the past 14 days is now being asked to go through a quarantine and COVID-19 test.

Countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Those people should remain in Quarantine until they get a negative result, he said.

Transport Minister Omar Algabra said there are currently no direct flights from the region to Canada.

Canadians and other Permanent Residents must take a negative COVID-19 test in the third country if they return to Canada from another region.

Duklos said he will be examined once he arrives in Canada.

Duklos said Global Affairs Canada would also offer travel advice, urging all Canadians not to travel to South Africa.

Dr. Kerr is the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. According to Theresa Tom, there is no indication of the presence of any mutation in Canada so far.

He told reporters that health officials are continuing to monitor the transformation.

The news comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) designated B.1.1.529 as a variant of care and named it “Omicron”.

This mutation is believed to have originated in South Africa.

According to WHO, this mutation was first reported on November 24 from South Africa.

The mutation has “a large number of mutations,” some of which are “relevant,” the agency said.

“Preliminary evidence suggests and increases the risk of recombination with this mutation compared to other VOCs,” the press release reads.

According to the WHO, the number of cases of this mutation is “increasing in almost all provinces of South Africa.”

This is a breaking news story. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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