The good news for Canadian snowflakes is that while the Omigran variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, including here, the United States is not considering further border controls at this point.
“This variation is a cause for concern, but not a cause for panic,” US President Joe Biden said Monday, stressing that we now have more tools than ever to fight the corona virus.
The United States quickly followed Canada and the European Union, which closed their borders to seven countries in South Africa on Friday.
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According to President Biden, this is a time-saving measure and will accelerate the vaccination process with the advent of the “sooner or later” variant.
So far, the United States has not identified any cases. But, after South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, Omigran has already appeared in many European countries, including Australia, Germany and Austria, the United Kingdom and Spain.
In Ontario and Quebec
At home, two more victims are under investigation in Hamilton, near Toronto, in addition to two other cases reported in Ottawa on Sunday and another in Montreal on Monday.
“I would not be surprised if there were more cases in Ontario,” said Dr. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer.R. Kieran Moore called to check in as more passengers arrived.
President Biden has ruled out the possibility of tightening health measures.
Relying on the White House adviser on the health crisis, D.C.R. Anthony Fassi reiterated that vaccination and mask are the best protection.
In parallel, dRe Angelique Godzilla, president of the South African Medical Association, also promised.
He said Monday that he and his colleagues had “very mild” symptoms of the variant patients he treated.
“For us, these are mild cases,” he told the BBC, listing feelings such as fatigue, headaches and a sore throat as the main symptoms seen in his country since mid-November.