The Omicron COVID-19 variant has been detected among three Toronto residents, authorities say.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) said in a press release Friday that each resident has a travel history, with two having recently returned from Nigeria and one from Switzerland.

“These are the first cases of concern of the Omicron variant that have been confirmed by whole genome sequencing, reported in Toronto,” the statement said.

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TPH said case management is following up with close contacts and providing information on isolation and testing.

TPH said they continue to work with provincial and federal officials as more data emerges on the Omicron variant, which may be more transmissible than other strains of the virus.

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Several GTA public health units have reported Omicron cases in recent days, including in the York, Durham and Halton regions.


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