The good news for Canadian Snowbirds is that although the Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire around the world, including here, the United States is not considering further border restrictions at this time.
“This variant is a cause for concern, but not a cause for alarm,” US President Joe Biden said Monday, stressing that we now have more tools than ever before to fight the coronavirus.
The United States quickly followed Canada and the European Union, closing its borders to seven countries in South Africa on Friday.
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For President Biden, this is a measure that will save time and speed up the vaccination operation by coming up with a variant “sooner or later”.
So far, the United States has not found any cases. But, after South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, Omikron has already appeared in many European countries, including Australia, Germany and Austria, the United Kingdom and Spain.
In Ontario and Quebec
In addition to the two cases reported at home, in Ottawa on Sunday and in Montreal on Monday, two other infected people are under investigation in Hamilton, near Toronto.
“I’m not surprised if there are more cases in Ontario,” said Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr.R Kieran Moore called for more passengers to be checked in upon arrival.
President Biden has ruled out the possibility of tightening health measures.
Depending on the White House adviser on the health crisis, dR He reiterated that Anthony Fauci, vaccine and mask would remain the best defense.
In parallel, dBack Angelique Coetzee, president of the South African Medical Association, also reassured.
She said Monday that she and her colleagues had “extremely mild” symptoms in patients with the treated variant.
“For us, these are mild cases,” she told the BBC, listing fatigue, headaches and sore throats as the main symptoms seen in her country since mid-November.