During the prime minister's public address on Friday, January 15, he mentioned a new Brazil COVID-19 variant which he called "concerning." 

Trudeau said that the federal government is constantly monitoring variants of COVID-19, including this new one out of Brazil. 

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"Decisions must be based on public health guidance," he continued. 

"As always, our ministers are actively leaning in on this and talking with experts to reach a determination without delay."

He said that the government will be keeping Canadians informed about any new decisions that are made in this regard. 

According to CBC News, the U.K. will be banning arrivals from South America and Portugal as a precaution. 

While it is unclear if Canada will do the same, Trudeau did say that flight cancellations will be drawn upon "if necessary."

Later in the address, he added that the Canadian government is actively discouraging travel to protect Canadians from the virus and its variants that are emerging. 

Yet another region in Ontario is reinstating some stricter COVID-19 health measures due to a rise in cases.

As of November 27, a class order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. in Kingston, as well as the Frontenac and Lennox & Addington regions, implementing stricter indoor social gathering capacities at private dwellings.

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Researchers just discovered a highly mutated variant of the coronavirus and it's already gotten a name: Omicron.

The World Health Organization added the variant, B 1.1.529, to its variant of concern list on Friday, less than a month after it was first detected in South Africa and Botswana — and two days after it was classified under the labelling system used by the CDC.

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A Heavily Mutated New COVID Variant Was Just Discovered & Countries Are Restricting Travel

Borders are tightening up after a handful of cases were detected.

International borders are slamming shut against a newly-discovered variant of the coronavirus, which South African officials say has several "very unusual" mutations.

It's so new that the World Health Organization only just gave it the designations B.1.1.529 on Wednesday and Omicron on Friday. That's when a handful of cases were first spotted in South Africa and Botswana, but it was already reported in Europe on Friday.

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Toronto Public Health reports that three schools in Toronto have been dismissed because of COVID-19 as of November 23.

TPH tweeted out new statistics regarding COVID-19 in schools and child care settings at 10 a.m. on November 24.

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