Ontario’s fifth case of Omicron variant COVID-19 found in Durham region – .

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Health officials say one person has tested positive for the COVID-19 variant Omicron in Durham Region, marking the first case in the Greater Toronto Area and the fifth case in Ontario.

The Durham Region Health Department issued a press release on Thursday, saying the case is in close contact with a traveler returning from southern Africa.

The health unit said it is also monitoring other cases of COVID-19 being investigated for the Omicron variant based on travel history.

“While this new variant is not a cause for alarm, it is important to remain vigilant and continue to monitor public health measures that have proven to be effective throughout the pandemic,” said Dr Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

“The health department continues to urge residents to practice physical distancing where possible, to wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge, to practice good hand hygiene, to consider safety during gatherings with friends and family, to continue to screen themselves and their children for COVID symptoms. -19, and stay home if you feel unwell.

Not much is known about Omicron at this time, especially if it is more contagious, causes more serious illnesses, or may escape vaccines.

Scientists say it is of concern because of its high number of mutations. While the Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa, it may already have been detected in other parts of the world before South African scientists reported it to the world.

Four of the five Omicron cases were found in Ottawa. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore told reporters at a press conference today that more cases of the variant will be announced soon.

“There will be ongoing cases identified throughout today and into the coming days,” he said. “Our goal in Ontario is simply to mitigate the spread of Omicron over the next few weeks so that we can get science from South Africa and international agencies like the WHO to better understand this virus.”

“It’s a very dynamic situation. But we’ll see more cases and we could potentially see outbreaks, but here we are. ”

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