Canada’s first Omicron cases land at Montreal Trudeau International Airport – .

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Canada’s first Omicron cases land at Montreal Trudeau International Airport – .


The two travelers who were identified as the first cases in Canada of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 first entered the country through Montreal-Trudeau International Airport before traveling to Ottawa, the top doctor in Ottawa confirmed on Monday. Ontario.

Dr Kieran Moore first said on Sunday that the province had detected its first two cases of the worrisome new variant in two people in Ottawa who had recently traveled from Nigeria.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health added Monday morning in an update with reporters that these people had landed for the first time in Montreal and had been tested there, with positive results being passed on to the province by the Quebec public health agency.

They then traveled to Ottawa, Moore said.

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Ottawa Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing to see if anyone else contracted the virus in connection with the original two cases.

Moore said Monday that the province is currently reviewing four other cases – two more in Ottawa and two in Hamilton – as possible cases of the Omicron variant. Public health is only waiting for genomic sequencing to confirm or rule out the variant.

The two Hamilton residents had recently returned from South Africa, the region’s health service said in a statement Monday afternoon.


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“I wouldn’t be surprised if we found more in Ontario,” Moore said Monday.

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On Saturday, SPO released a rare public statement announcing possible exposure to COVID-19 during a carpool on November 24 between Montreal Airport and Ottawa’s Barrhaven neighborhood.

This trip could have seen the driver of the vehicle exposed to COVID-19.

Global News asked SPO if this incident was linked to confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, but the health unit said it could not provide further details.

“To protect privacy and personal health information, Ottawa Public Health is unable to release additional information about the exposure,” a spokesperson said in a brief statement.

Although there are two confirmed variant cases in recent travelers, the carpool incident involved only one passenger who tested positive, according to SPO’s initial statement.


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What we know about the Omicron variant


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