Canada has said the new strain of COVID-19 named Omicron has been detected in two people who had travelled recently to Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Health Minister, Jean-Yves Duclos on Sunday.
Both patients who are in the capital Ottawa are in isolation as authorities try to locate those they might have had contact with.
“I was informed today by the Public Health Agency of Canada that testing and monitoring of Covid-19 cases has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of concern in Ontario,” the Minister said.
“As the monitoring and testing continues,” he added, “it is expected that other cases of this variant will be found in Canada.”
Omicron was first detected as a new strain of COVID-19 in South Africa, forcing many countries to ban flights from the country.
The new strain has now been dubbed a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation.
Meanwhile, the Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, has said the Agency is monitoring emerging evidence on Omicron variant and its implication, to inform Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.