In a significant cluster of COVID-19 patients in southwestern Ontario, the Omicron variant has been discovered.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit said it received the findings of a whole genome sequencing sample from an individual who is one of at least 40 COVID-19 cases in the region on Tuesday.
Officials from the Department of Health say they’re still looking into the cases linked to two Nigerian travelers who arrived in London in late November.
The health unit says cases in this cluster have been associated with a number of schools, child-care centres and a church in south London.
More than 171 high-risk close contacts have been identified.
Ontario’s pandemic advisers released modelling Tuesday showing that the province could see 3,000 new COVID-19 infections daily by mid-January, even without accounting for the new Omicron variant, which they warn could have a “substantial” impact.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2021.
Source_ The Canadian Press