Omicron transformation: Next to Canada


Canmore, Alta. – Authorities have confirmed the first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 mutation in Canada, amid warnings it is unclear how much of the over-mutated mutation can spread and cause severe infection.

On Sunday it was learned that two people from Ottawa who had returned from a trip to Nigeria had tested positive for the transformation of care first discovered in South Africa.

Passengers entered Canada at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, where the COVID-19 test was completed and then traveled to Ottawa, Ontario officials said Monday. Patients are isolated and Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management.

The province is pursuing four more potential cases of Omicron transformation – two in the Hamilton, Ont., Area and two in Ottawa.

Quebec officials confirmed a case of Omicron transformation at a press conference on Monday.

Ontario and Quebec are the first provinces to confirm detected cases of mutation, but health authorities across the country have begun targeting people traveling from one of seven South African countries under federal travel restrictions.

Alberta’s top doctors said Sunday that public health officials in her province were contacting people who had traveled from “one of the countries of interest” for the past 14 days to self-isolate.

“We are working with health authorities across the country to closely monitor the Omicron situation,” said Dr. Klein. Deena Hinshaw tweeted Sunday. “There are currently no confirmed cases of this COVID-19 mutation in Alberta.”

Experts warn that this is only a matter of time before the transformation enters Canada. If federal authorities say COVID-19 screening efforts are working on the detection of cases, Canadians should expect more cases of mutation to be confirmed on Canadian soil, says Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

“This growth shows how our monitoring system is working,” Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a statement Sunday.

“As monitoring and testing with provinces and territories continues, other cases of this transformation are expected to occur in Canada.”

What do we know about the Omicron transformation

Little is known about the B.1.1.529 variant now known as Omicron, which was announced last week by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a variant of care.

Although this is associated with a rapid rise in cases in South Africa, it is not yet clear whether this mutation is more prevalent or more severe than other coronavirus variants, WHO officials say.

Early research by Omicron has raised concerns from researchers because it contains more than 30 variants of the spike protein, which change the way the virus infects and spreads to cells. These mutations can make the body’s immune system harder to attack.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ontario Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore said it was still too early to determine what effect the Omicron mutation might have on public health protocols or the province’s health-care system, noting the scarcity of data on the proliferation of the mutation.

“When we look at taking Delta as a strong strain, it took three to four months… it could be a two to three month transition [Omicron] It is more contagious than the Delta, ”he said. “We will have more clarity in the coming weeks.”

News of this latest transformation has sparked calls from some to boost the COVID-19 booster shot campaigns – as in the UK, authorities have moved to give booster shots to all adults just three months after their second dose – some experts say we need it. Learn more about transformation before we make conclusions about how vaccinations affect them.

“There is no evidence linking boosters specifically to protection against this mutation and I think there are many other steps we should take first, and I think it’s premature to jump right in to say, ‘Well, boosters are our solution.'” Fahad Razak stressed when he appeared on CTV News Channel on Saturday.

The importance of other public health measures, including proper air ventilation and filtration, mask wear and vaccination, remains, he said.

Travel Restrictions Draw IRE

The confirmation of the arrival of the B.1.1.529 variant in Canada comes just days after the country implemented new travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have visited several countries in South Africa in the past two weeks.

However, Nigeria is not on the list of countries affected by Canada’s travel ban.

Moore said Monday that it is conducting genomic sequencing on all eligible COVID-19 tests in the province to test Omicron and other variants.

According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, 375 people have returned from caring countries and will be contacted to undergo testing for the Omicron mutation.

With cases now firmly established in 15 countries, including Scotland, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong, there are fears that restricting flights from African countries alone is not enough to prevent the spread of diversity.

“These travel bans on specific countries in South Africa are not enough or cause the flow of omicron mutations across our country,” said Dr Pandey, an infectious disease expert. Dale Kalina told CTV News Channel on Monday.

“The reality is that it’s already there and it’s probably not from individuals traveling to other countries, as we see all over the world.”

“We already have it here in Canada. Quarantine measures and vaccination orders for anyone coming into the country … and those are things that really help us.”

The federal government is expected to question the federal government on Monday whether it will extend those travel restrictions to include more countries.

This comes in front of new re-entry testing requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians and Permanent Residents. Since November 30, fully vaccinated residents returning home after short trips to the United States and abroad are no longer required to provide evidence of negative molecular testing, such as PCR testing.

Re-entry of foreign tourists for more than 72 hours still requires molecular testing.

Meanwhile, Ontario officials are urging the federal government to take strong action at the border, not before leaving for Canada, suggesting that everyone should check for COVID-19 upon arrival.

“The best protection against the Omicron variant is stopping it at our borders. Along with the recently announced measures, we urge the federal government to take the necessary steps to mandate point-of-arrival testing for all passengers, regardless of where they go. ‘ Read a joint statement Sunday from Moore and Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

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