REGINA — Saskatchewan says 40 people who have recently travelled from southern Africa are quarantining following the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, but there have been no confirmed cases in the province.
Dr. Saqib Shahab, chief medical health officer, says the people returned to the province within the last 14 days from countries that include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Namibia.
He says just under half have submitted tests for COVID-19 as of today and public health officials are waiting for the results.
Shahab says he suspects most of the tests, if not all, will be negative.
He adds that, should there be a positive test, the province is prepared to do genome sequencing to determine if the Delta or Omicron variant is involved.
Shahab says he is confident the province will be able to detect and contain an initial Omicron case, but cautions the situation can rapidly evolve.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2021.
The Canadian Press