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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Ontario detects first two cases of Omicron variant

TORONTO — Ontario has detected Canada's first two known cases of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern. Health Minister Christine Elliott says both cases were found in the Ottawa area in people who had recently returned from Nigeria.

TORONTO — Ontario has detected Canada's first two known cases of Omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott says both cases were found in the Ottawa area in people who had recently returned from Nigeria.

She says Ottawa Public Health is conducting "case and contact management" and the patients are self-isolating.

The federal government recently banned visitors from seven countries in southern Africa. 

Nigeria is not among them.

More coming.

The Canadian Press