Canada clamps down on Omicron COVID-19 variant. Experts say it’s likely ‘already here’
Omicron, also known as B.1.1.529 was designated by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern earlier Friday after reports of the virus' spread across South Africa.Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Friday afternoon that the Canadian government would be introducing a total of five measures to limit the spread of the new variant — including entry to foreign nationals who’ve travelled through a handful of African countries in the past 14 days.
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Anxiety is growing after the announcement by South Africa of The discovery of a new variant coronavirus to "very fast propagation potential". The United Kingdom announced Thursday, November 25 in the evening that it would prohibit the entry to travelers from six African countries: flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini , from Zimbabwe and Botswana will be suspended from this Friday at 12 hours GMT.
The European Commission, by the voice of its President Ursula von der Leyen, also proposed to suspend flights from southern Africa. Germany and Italy also announced this Friday morning refuse in the short term foreign travelers from South Africa.
COVID-19. Eight probable cases in France, dozens in Europe ... The Omicron variant spreads
© Guillaume Saligot / West-France The scientific community still ignores the dangerousness of this new variant. The new Variant of Covid-19, Omicron, spreads rapidly on the planet, leaving new waves of contamination. In France, eight "possible" cases were detected Sunday night, while countries multiply restriction measures. While Europe faces a fifth wave , the arrival of the new Variant of Covid-19, baptized Omicron , makes a fear of recrudescence of contaminations.
As for France, it will decide "in the next few days except the next hours" if it is "necessary" to suspend flights from South Africa, "the spokesman of the Gabriel Attal government.
reported cases in Botswana and Hong Kong
this variant B.1.1.529 presents an "extremely high" number of mutations and "we can see that it has a very fast propagation potential," said the Virologist Tulio de Oliveira , from the South African Center for the epidemic response and innovation, at an online press conference headed by the South African Ministry of Health on November 25. "The COVID-19 will still circulate in ten years'
to date, 22 cases have been reported, mainly affecting young people, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), South African Public Health Institute. Cases have also been reported to neighboring Botswana and Hong Kong, on a returning person from a trip to South Africa. The Israeli Ministry of Health has also announced Friday have detected a case of the new variant. "The variant discovered in states of southern Africa has been identified in Israel. This is a person returning from Malawi, "said the ministry on Friday, saying" two additional cases of people returning from abroad "and placed in confinement.
13 omicron cases in Portuguese soccer team
TOKYO (AP) — Portuguese health authorities said Monday they have identified 13 cases of omicron, the new coronavirus variant believed to be more contagious, among team members of a professional soccer club. The Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute said Monday that one of those who tested positive at the Lisbon-based Belenenses soccer club had recently traveled to South Africa, where the omicron variant was first identified. The others, however, had not traveled to South Africa, indicating that this may be one of the very first cases of local transmission of the virus outside of southern Africa.
"The number of cases detected and the percentage of positive tests increase rapidly," said NICD in a statement, particularly in the most populous province of Gauteng, which includes Pretoria and Johannesburg.
At least 10 mutations
The metamorphoses of the initial virus can potentially make it more transmissible, until becoming the dominant variant, as has been the case with the Delta variant initially discovered in India. According to the World Health Organization, reduced to 40% the effectiveness of anti-Covid vaccines against the transmission of the disease.
South African scientists are not certain of the effectiveness of existing vaccines against the new form of the virus. WHO said "follow closely" this new variant and must meet this Friday, November 26 to determine its dangerousness. According to scientists, the new Variant B.1.1.529 presents at least ten mutations, against two for the Delta.
Ottawa working to get women’s field hockey team home from South Africa after Omicron travel ban
The Canadian junior women's field hockey team has been stranded in South Africa due to new travel restrictions targeting the Omicron variant.Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge called the team on Saturday to offer reassurance no stone is being left unturned, says Jenn Beagan, coach of the Field Hockey Canada junior women's national team.
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Consequence, the Tokyo Stock Exchange dropped from 3% this Friday at midday because of the fears related to this new variant. "There are fears that if existing vaccines do not work [Faced with this variant, NDLR], people must confine again," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi of Mizuho Securities, cited by the Bloomberg agency. At the opening, the European stock markets also plunged 4.4% for CAC 40 in Paris, 3.3% in London and 3.2% in Frankfurt.
The coronavirus has made more than 5.16 million deaths in the world since the end of 2019, but WHO believes that the pandemic assessment could be two to three times higher.
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