Alberta is reporting its first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
The province's chief medical health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says the case was confirmed in a traveller returning from Nigeria and the Netherlands.
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"The individual tested positive while asymptomatic and I can confirm that this individual has not left quarantine since their arrival from international travel," Hinshaw said at a news conference Tuesday.
We have notified the individual and their household and all necessary measures are in place to prevent transmission."
The variant of concern was first identified in South Africa after a spike in infections, but it is unclear where Omicron first emerged.
More to Come.