Omicron variant of

COVID-19 in Canada

  Coronavirus SARS CoV 2
Scientifically accurate atomic model of the external structure of SARS-CoV-2. Each “ball” is an atom [Wikipedia]

­On Sunday, November 28, the Ontario government reported that there were two confirmed first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Ottawa. As of Tuesday, November 30, there are now at least six cases in Canada.

The new variant of concern was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from South Africa on November 24, 2021. It is now raising alarm around the world, causing a wave of new travel restrictions in Canada, United States, and other countries.

In a statement released Sunday, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the confirmation of two omicron cases is a signal that the country’s monitoring system is working but to expect more cases of the variant.

IKEA Philippines is open

Largest in the world

Image credit: SM Mall of Asia Official FB page

The biggest IKEA store in the world opened its doors in the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Covering almost 68,000 square metres (730,000 sq. ft.) on its five floors, IKEA Philippines is slightly larger than the Palace of Versailles and houses a huge showroom, dining area, warehouse, and a call centre to back up its e-commerce arm.

COVID-19 Bulletin #538 • December 8, 2021

COVID DEC 8 2021

Public health is reporting that four new confirmed cases of the B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant have been detected in Manitoba. One individual recently travelled from one of the 10 federally advised countries. The other cases are close contacts and are currently asymptomaticPublic health is conducting aggressive case and contact management. If additional public health risks are assessed and it is deemed necessary to protect the health of others, more information will be released. The total number of omicron cases in Manitoba is five.