COVID-19 update for Nov. 30: Canada has five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant | Symptoms of Omicron different from Delta: Doctor

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 30, 2021. Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

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We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS

As of the latest figures given on Nov. 29:

• Total number of confirmed cases: 218,068 (2,882 active)
• New cases since Nov. 26: 970 (389/309/272)
• Total deaths: 2,333 (11 additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 305
• Intensive care: 115
• Total vaccinations: 4,223,237 received first dose; 4,067,778 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 212,704
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: six

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IN-DEPTH:   Here are all the B.C. cases of the novel coronavirus in 2021 | in 2020


B.C. GUIDES AND LINKS

COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

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COVID-19: Here’s how to get your vaccination shot in B.C.

COVID-19: Look up your neighbourhood in our interactive map of case and vaccination rates in B.C.

COVID-19: Afraid of needles? Here’s how to overcome your fear and get vaccinated

COVID-19: Five things to know about the P1 variant spreading in B.C.

COVID-19: Here’s where to get tested in Metro Vancouver

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool


LATEST NEWS on COVID-19 in B.C.

Canada has five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant

Ontario is investigating two other possible cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the Hamilton area.

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Canada has confirmed its first five positive cases of the mutated virus.

Two were confirmed in Ottawa on Sunday, two more in Ottawa yesterday and one in Quebec.

All five involved patients who recently travelled from Nigeria.

Hundreds of people who had recently travelled from African countries deemed high-risk for the variant are being contacted for testing.

Ontario is looking at widening eligibility for third doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

— The Canadian Press

B.C. kids aged 5-11 get their shot at vaccine on Day 1 of rollout

Vancouver mom Jenny Puterman called Monday morning and managed to get an early afternoon time on Day 1.

Her two sons, Ari and Josh, were among the first kids, aged five- to 11-years-old, to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Italian Cultural Centre in East Vancouver.

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Their plan was to get the shots and then get ice cream, said dad Steve Rosenzweig.

“We’re going to Dairy Queen,” said Josh, who is 11. “We have this coupon and we’re probably going to buy something with it.”

The family had registered on Oct. 9 and thought they would receive an invitation by text or email to make a booking.

These were to go out Monday, but there may be some frustrations on Day 1 for parents as other people are booking booster shots or making appointments for their first or second vaccinations, according to B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix.

Read more HERE .

— Joanne Lee-Young

Omicron variant likely in global circulation for ‘weeks if not months’ as Canada discovers more cases

The new omicron variant of the coronavirus is likely already in circulation in Canada, health officials said Monday, as cases were reported in Quebec and Ontario, just as they have been across Europe and Africa, just days after the World Health Organization flagged the potentially dangerous new mutation.

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After finding the first two North American cases in travellers from Nigeria, health officials in Ontario are anticipating imminent test results from four other people suspected of having this worrying new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19. Quebec reported its first confirmed case Monday afternoon.

The new variant, with its genetic profile that suggests it spreads even more efficiently than the currently dominant delta variant, has amplified fears of a new wave of the airborne pandemic. It comes as vaccines are in abundant supply in many countries but colder weather in the northern hemisphere has increased indoor mixing.

When omicron became the latest World Health Organization “variant of concern” last Friday, financial markets panicked, and countries including Canada imposed flight bans on southern African countries, where the variant seems most prevalent. Japan on Monday closed its borders entirely to foreigners.

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But like many other border shut-downs, there was worry in Canada and elsewhere that this horse has already bolted from the barn, and the variant has been in global circulation for longer than surveillance agencies have known. It was first identified in early November in South Africa, and is thought to have emerged from a large unvaccinated population, possibly from a single chronic case.

— National Post

Doctor who saw Omicron early says symptoms different to Delta

People infected by omicron in South Africa are showing very different symptoms to those suffering from the delta strain, said the doctor who alerted government scientists to the possibility of a new variant.

Patients who contracted it complain of fatigue, head and body aches and occasional sore throats and coughs, said Angelique Coetzee, who is also chairwoman of the South African Medical Association. Delta infections, by comparison, caused elevated pulse rates, resulted in low oxygen levels and a loss of smell and taste, she said.

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After weeks of almost no COVID patients at her practice in Pretoria, the capital and epicentre of South Africa’s current surge, Coetzee said she suddenly started seeing patients complain of the symptoms on Nov. 18. She immediately informed the government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on COVID-19, and laboratories the next week identified a new variant, she said.

“I said these different symptoms can’t be delta, they are very similar to beta or it must be a new strain,” she said in an interview on Monday. “I don’t think it will blow over but I think it will be a mild disease hopefully. For now we are confident we can handle it.”

The World Health Organization is analyzing the new mutation, and has said it’s too early to say how transmissible and severe it is. It’s called on countries to start testing widely for omicron, saying the divergent design could fuel future surges of COVID-19.

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— Bloomberg News


B.C. MAP OF WEEKLY COVID CASE COUNTS, VACCINATION RATES

Find out how your neighbourhood is doing in the battle against COVID-19 with the latest number of new cases, positivity rates, and vaccination rates:


B.C. VACCINE TRACKER



LOCAL RESOURCES for COVID-19 information

Here are a number of information and landing pages for COVID-19 from various health and government agencies.

B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

–with files from The Canadian Press

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