South Africa's high commissioner to Canada says South African officials have requested a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly to discuss the federal government's travel measures in response to the Omicron variant.
The impact from the new COVID-19 variant is being felt in the sports world. The Winter Universiade in Lucerne, Switzerland, was cancelled on Monday, less than two weeks before the Games were scheduled to open.
The emergence of the new Omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.
A fully vaccinated 62-year-old male who travelled from Canada to Hong Kong is confirmed to be the second case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant identified by authorities there, according to Hong Kong’s Department of Health.
Officials have confirmed the first cases detected in Canada of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in Ottawa, Ont., amid warnings that it remains unclear just how transmissible and severe infection by the highly-mutated variant might be.
The Philippines launched on Monday an ambitious drive to vaccinate nine million people against COVID-19 in three days, deploying security forces and thousands of volunteers in a program made urgent by the threats of the Omicron variant.