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More cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have cropped up in Toronto-area public health units today as Ontario recorded its highest daily case count in six months.

There were 1,031 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the province, the first time the daily tally has climbed above one-thousand since May 30th.

Nearly all of the new cases were confirmed as the Delta variant.

Toronto Public Health says it is investigating its first cases of city residents who have tested positive for the Omicron variant.

It says two individuals recently returned from Nigeria and another returned from Switzerland.

York Region reported its first case of the Omicron variant, a child under the age of 12 who returned from a southern African country.

Durham Region confirmed its second case of the variant, a day after reporting its first.

Scientists say the Omicron variant may be more contagious than other strains of COVID-19, though they say they need more information to be certain.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is now recommending COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for anyone aged 50 and older.

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