OTTAWA – Federal ministers and public health officials will provide an update later today on the latest measures Canada is taking in response to the Omicron version.

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Following the latest discussion in the evolving situation surrounding Omicron at a closed-door cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told reporters the government would soon have more to say.

  • The press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT. You can watch it live here on or on the Granthshala News app.

Five known cases of the worry type have been confirmed in this country so far, with public health officials cautioning that more cases will be discovered in the coming days.

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On Friday, after the World Health Organization named Omicron a type of concern, Canada banned the entry of all foreign nationals who had recently traveled to southern Africa and asked anyone who had recently had recently returned to quarantine and was tested for COVID-19.

Questions have been raised over the past few days about whether Canada should impose further travel restrictions or restrictions from more countries, or broaden its COVID-19 booster shot administration approach in the face of the growing threat.

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“Obviously we are watching the situation very closely with Omicron,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on his way to a cabinet meeting. “We may need to do a lot more and we will be watching that very carefully.”

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While Ontario and Quebec are the first provinces to confirm cases of the variant, health officials across the country have launched targeted testing of people who have traveled from one of the seven southern African countries under current federal travel restrictions.

Omicron has been linked to a rapid increase in cases in South Africa where vaccination rates are lower than in Canada, and health officials have said it is unclear whether the highly mutated variant B. is communicable and serious. how is it possible .

With files from Granthshala News ‘Nicole Bogart and Hannah Jackson’