B.C. identifies 1st case of omicron variant – CBC

Infected individual recently travelled to Nigeria and is currently isolating

Nov 30, 2021

B.C. has identified its first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, health officials confirmed Tuesday.

The case was found in a person residing in the Fraser Health region, who had recently returned home from travelling in Nigeria. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says that person is isolating.

Henry says her team has been working with the Public Health Agency of Canada since late last week to identify a further 204 people who had recently travelled to affected countries. All of those people have been sent for PCR testing and put into isolation, Henry said.

The omicron variant is notable because it has a large number of mutations that could affect its transmissibility and the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/henry-dix-nov30-1.6267987

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