BREAKING: First cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Saskatchewan

The provincial government has confirmed Wednesday morning the first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant has been found in Saskatchewan.

Premier Scott Moe broke the news while speaking on a morning radio show.

The province says four individuals from the same house hold have tested positive for the Omicron variant after travelling from a country of concern flagged by Ottawa.

In a news release the province says these tests will now receive whole genome sequencing to further confirm that they are B.1.1.529 (Omicron) as is done with any initial positive COVID-19 test.

These individuals and their close contacts have all been identified and are currently isolating.

Contact investigations underway have confirmed that the risk of community transmission is low.

However the province also said it is likely more Omicron cases will be identified throughout Saskatchewan.

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