Cases may rise in Ottawa due to omicron variant, but stay vigilant: OPH – CBC

OPH asking recent travellers who visited several African countries to self-isolate

Nov 29, 2021

After the discovery of two cases of the omicron variant in the nation’s capital, Ottawa Public Health is advising travellers who visited several African countries recently to self-isolate in order to reduce transmission.

The two cases, confirmed Sunday by Public Health Ontario, are the first omicron variants discovered in Canada.

Out of an abundance of caution, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches said Sunday that anyone in the household of someone who had travelled through one of eight countries within 14 days of arriving in Ottawa should also self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19, even if they are fully vaccinated and have no symptoms.

The countries listed by OPH are Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Namibia.

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