Omicron: Canada Extends Travel Ban On Nigeria, Egypt, And 8 Other Africa Countries.
The Canadian government has increased its travel ban on travelers who of recently visited Nigeria following a sudden widespread coronavirus variant called omicron.
The decision came a few days after Canada announced that the first two cases of omicron strain of covid-19 were found in two people that traveled to Nigeria recently.
Furthering their ban in other to curb the spread of the Coronavirus variant, Canada included other African countries like Egypt and Malawi thereby totaling the number of African countries restricted by the Canadian government to ten
In their statement, the Canadian health minister Yves Duclos says; “We are adding three countries to the list of these countries that we talked about last Friday; these are Malawi, Egypt, and Nigeria,”
“As of today, foreign nationals who have traveled to these countries over the last 14 days will be forbidden from entering Canada. They join a list of seven southern African countries that had restrictive measures imposed on them.”
“Canadian citizens and permanent residents that have been in any of these ten countries over the last 14 days will need to receive a negative PCR test before being allowed to travel to Canada. Upon arriving in Canada, they will face more testing and quarantine measures.”
“These new measures also apply to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, even those that are fully vaccinated.”
How The Novel COVID19 Variant Omicron Emerge in Nigeria
Nigeria health authority announced its first discovery of the Coronavirus variant Omicron on Wednesday.
From the announcement made by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in a report signed by the Director-General, Ifedayo Adetifa says that three cases of the variant were discovered through “genomic sequencing”
This variant was discovered by Nigerians who traveled from South Africa where this new strain is spreading widely already.
Although, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced that as of now, no death has occurred from the new strain but the Coronavirus variant has a mutation and transmissibility noting that a total of 126 genomes of the variant has been identified so far.
Whiles speaking on Channels TV, the NCDC Director, Mr. Adetifa Said that the new variant is a matter of concern rather than a cause of alarm because its fatality rate is still very low.
Following the confirmation of the omicron variant in Nigeria, NCDC level up to curb its widespread
Nigeria become one of the countries to have recorded their first cases of the Omicron variant also known as B.1.1.529 lineage
In a statement announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) through the Director-General, Mr. Ifedayo Adetifa says that the variant was found through “genomic sequencing”
In his full statement, the DG for NCDC says: “In line with the routine travel tests required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the Nigeria center for disease control through its national reference laboratory, Abuja, confirm the first case of the omicron variant.”
“Genomic sequencing of positive cases from routine day two testing for travelers to Nigeria identified two cases of omicron variant among travelers from south Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.”
“Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021”
The development comes following Canada’s announcement that two cases of the omicron were discovered by a traveler that came from Nigeria.
In response to this, the NCDC said that several efforts are in place to strengthen their vigilance and surveillance around the country to stop its widespread.
Mr. Adetifa speaking on Channels Television, said: “little is known yet about the variant but urged Nigerians to get vaccinated as that is the best arsenal against this pandemic and the only available means to stop it from spreading”