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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to provide guidance to the province as B.C. continues to monitor for cases of the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

Both Henry and Dix told reporters on Monday the province will not be putting in specific Omicron-related restrictions nor will be altering the booster shot program.

The COVID-19 briefing will be carried live at 1:30 pm PT

The latest variant, first reported last week, has led the federal government to restrict travel from countries in southern Africa, and the B.C. government to require additional testing for those who have already arrived.

About 900 to 1,000 travellers have arrived in Canada from southern Africa in the past few days. Of those, 204 have arrived in B.C.

“We are doing what we need to do, which is everyone who has returned from African countries in question get a PCR test,” Health Minister Adrian Dix told reporters.

The World Health Organization said Monday that the heavily mutated Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a “very high” risk of infection surges that could have “severe consequences” in some places.

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