Ottawa: Canada bans travelers to Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt because of concerns about the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the Toronto Star quoted sources on Tuesday.
Canada has identified five new variants, at least two of whom have recently been in Nigeria. At least one case of Omicron was detected in western Alberta, a spokesman for Prime Minister Jason Kenny told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Last week, Ottawa banned travelers who recently went to Southern Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Canadian health officials will brief the media at Omicron at 4 pm Eastern Standard Time (2100 GMT).
The Prime Ministers of Canada’s two most populous states, Ontario and Quebec, are calling on Ottawa to impose stricter measures and more testing for the virus.
A spokesman for Transport Minister Omar Argabra declined to comment on the Toronto Star’s report. A spokesman for Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos did not respond to requests for comment.
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Banning travelers from Canada, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt due to Omicron concerns-Toronto Star
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