Health officials in Canada have detected the first case of the highly mutated coronavirus variant BA.2.86 The variant was found in an individual in British Columbia who had not traveled outside the province.

BA.2.86 is a subvariant of the Omicron variant, and it is believed to be more transmissible than previous variants.

However, it is not yet clear how severe the disease caused by BA.2.86 is.Health officials are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, they recommend that people continue to take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19, such as getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing a mask in public indoor settings, and practicing good hand hygiene.

This image shows how the coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person. The virus can spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

WHO recommend that people stay up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 from trusted sources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, you should get tested. This is for Canada

You can find more information about COVID-19 on the websites of the WHO and the CDC.