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    Ontario not Changing Public Health Measures Amid Omicron Variant Cases

    The top doctor in Ontario said he doesn’t see the province changing public health measures at this time. He said he wouldn’t be surprised to discover more cases of the Omicron variant. Dr.Kieran Moore, the Chief Medical Officer of Health made the comments at a news conference on Monday morning. The conference happened less than 24 hours after confirming two positive cases of the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant. 

    The confirmed cases were found in two people from Ottawa who returned from a trip to Nigeria through a Montreal airport. Moore added there may be four other possible cases including two people from Ottawa and two people from Hamilton. The four possible cases are waiting for the results of genome sequencing.

    Moore explained “if we see the widespread presence of Omicron across Ontario, which is not the case at present, then we could review any measures that we need to take at a provincial level,… If it’s a less lethal virus, less impact on the hospital sector and our vaccines can continue to work against it.”

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