Canada now has five cases of Omicron variant

medical personnel a release patient of a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules transport aircraft departing from Saskatoon, after the province of Saskatchewan said it would send patients with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from overloaded ICUs to hospitals in Ontario, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada Oct. 28, 2021. REUTERS/Lars Hagberg

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MONTREAL, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – Two cases left of the Omicron coronavirus variant has been detected in Ottawa, met Canada’s total number of cases up to five, Ottawa Public Health said late on Monday.

earlier in the day Quebec were discovered first COVID-19 case of the variant, health officials said.

The minister of Health of Quebec, Christian Dube also told reporters that 115 travelers from countries influenced by the new variant, mainly South Africa, were called and asked to isolate and test for COVID-19.

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Quebec’s first case was a recent traveler to Nigeria, public Health director Horacio Arruda said, similar met the two cases reported on Sunday through the province of Ontario. read more

The arrival of the new variant ahead of Christmas holiday season comes when Quebec faces met a recent rise in cases, usually in the unvaccinated, Dube said. In the last 24 hours Quebec reported 756 new cases.

Dube urged travelers to reconsider holiday travel and warned against big parties. The province restricts meetings in private homes up to 10 people.

“The next will be a few weeks critical’ said Dubbe.

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Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal and Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa and Akanksha Khushi in Bengaluru; Edited by Mark Porter, Angus MacSwan and Karishma Singh

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