COVID-19: BC reports first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant | FULL

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B.C. reported its first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant Tuesday.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said it was someone in Fraser Health who travelled to Nigeria.

The province will be doing full genome sequencing on all COVID-19 cases, Henry added.

“We can be confident we are not seeing widespread of this variant in B.C. yet,” she said.

“Where vaccination is low it can spread rapidly. The new variant reminds us we are in a global storm and it is not equal everywhere. There is still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron.”

Both Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix Dix told reporters on Monday the province will not be putting in specific Omicron-related restrictions nor will be altering the booster shot program.

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