Toronto Public Health confirms first three cases of Omicron variant in city of Toronto
Toronto Public Health has confirmed the first three confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Toronto, all linked to a single residential home in the city’s downtown core.
As of 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, all three patients have been in self-isolation at home under the guidance of public health officials.
The three patients are all men in their 20s. Their ages range from 20 to 23 years old.
Two of the patients travelled to China in January from Toronto, while the third has not been in contact with anyone in the city before contracting the virus.
All of the three have been in self-isolation at home under the guidance of public health officials, with the exception of the second patient who is at home and self-isolated.
As of 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, Toronto Public Health has issued a travel advisory for residents and residents of the greater Toronto Area (GO area) to avoid all international travel until further notice. Public Health does not advise the public to return to a place they’ve been exposed to the virus.
Public Health is working with relevant authorities in China to investigate if COVID-19 may have originated in China.
While the disease is not considered a direct threat to the public, Public Health considers it important that everyone take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.
Public Health is monitoring this virus closely, and urges everyone to continue to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to the greatest extent possible.
Our team of health professionals are continuing to follow case information and advice provided by public health officials to better understand the public health impact of the virus.
As public health officials work with provincial and local authorities to confirm and track the spread of the virus, Public Health will continue to provide updates.
Please continue to monitor the public health situation, and follow Public Health instructions and advice.
How to limit your risk of getting COVID-19
The safety and well-being of all Canadians is of paramount importance, which is why Public Health recommends that all Canadians follow these simple steps to reduce their risk:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom