Covid-19: Canada May Ban Flights From Nigeria As Omicron Variant Found In 2 Travellers

Canadian Ministry Of Health has disclosed that two cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been confirmed in individuals who returned to the country from Nigeria.

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, disclosed this in a joint statement published on the ministry’s official website on Sunday.

“The province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation,” the statement partly read.

The announcement came after the government had imposed restrictions on all travellers who have been to South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia— within the last 14 days.

The ban remains effective until January 31, 2022.

The discovery may prompt the Canadian government to include Nigeria in the list of African countries with travel restrictions.

Omicron was first reported in South Africa and the World Health Organization have described it as a virus of concern.

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