Ottawa confirms evidence of community transmission of Omicron variant

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The Ottawa Public Health on Saturday confirmed the evidence of community transmission of Omicron variant.

“We can confirm evidence of community transmission of Omicron in Ottawa,” the Ottawa Public Health said in a statement posted online.

The statement further added “While this news is cause for concern, we know the same measures we have been practicing throughout the pandemic will help reduce transmission.”

As of December 9, 2021, there have been 87 cases with the newly designated variant of concern (VOC), Omicron, reported in seven provinces and territories, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“As we continue to assess the significance and impact of this new VOC, Canadians are urged to remain vigilant and continue maintaining layers of protection,” Dr. Tam said in a statement on Friday.

The B.1.1.529 variant was first reported to WHO from South Africa on 24 November 2021.

The Omicron variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning, the World Health Organization said in a statement.

The statement further added that preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.

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