2 new COVID-19 variants confirmed in N.B. as cases climb – CBC

Omicron variants BA.2.86 and FL.1.5.1 were detected through random sequencing, says Department of Health

Oct 20, 2023

Two new COVID-19 variants have arrived in New Brunswick.

Omicron BA.2.86 and FL.1.5.1 have both been detected through random sequencing of positive cases, Department of Health spokesperson Sean Hatchard confirmed.

He declined to say when the new variants were confirmed in New Brunswick or how many cases have been detected.

The province no longer provides sequencing breakdowns in the Respiratory Watch report. Public Health will only confirm the presence or non-presence of a variant upon request.

“As always, New Brunswickers are advised to assess and manage their personal risk and to continue using public health precautions that can decrease their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” Hatchard said in an emailed statement.

“If there is reason to alert the public about new ways to protect themselves from a particular strain, it will be communicated.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-variants-new-brunswick-ba-2-86-fl-1-5-1-rapid-tests-vaccine-1.6999300

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