Over 5,000 air travellers flying to Canada check optimistic for COVID-19 since February

2021-05-04 04:49:37

Greater than 5,000 individuals examined optimistic for COVID-19 after flying again to Canada since obligatory quarantine lodges started in late February.

To date, variants of curiosity or concern have been recognized in virtually one-third of these instances.

Knowledge offered by the Public Well being Company of Canada lists 3,748 individuals who examined optimistic the day they returned regardless of having to indicate a unfavorable COVID-19 check taken not more than three days earlier than they boarded their airplane.

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One other 1,411 individuals got here again optimistic for COVID-19 on the check required 10 days after they returned.

Amongst them 1,566 examined optimistic for a variant of concern and one other 134 examined optimistic for a variant of curiosity. Greater than 95 per cent of the variants of concern are B.1.1.7, first recognized in the UK.

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It’s now the dominant variant in Canada.

The journey numbers are comparatively small in comparison with Canada’s complete caseload _ there have been greater than 342,000 instances of COVID-19 between Feb. 22 and April 29 _ however provincial premiers are nonetheless pressuring Ottawa to do much more to maintain faster-spreading variants from entering into Canada on planes.

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“I’m extraordinarily involved about new COVID variants making their approach into Ontario,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated Monday on Twitter after studying concerning the newest traveller statistics from The Canadian Press.

“Over 90 per cent of latest instances in Ontario are new variants. We’re seeing extra younger individuals in ICUs. It’s clear stronger border measures are wanted.”

However Canada’s prime medical doctors stated Friday there’s an excessive amount of deal with the border and never sufficient on stopping COVID-19 from spreading inside Canada.

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“There appears to be a number of curiosity and virtually, I might say, a (preoccupation with the borders) however on the finish of the tip day, if you happen to take a look at the precise threat by way of importation, the precise variety of instances with respect to individuals crossing the border in comparison with what’s occurring within the communities in lots of the hardest hit provinces, I feel that’s the place the general public well being focus needs to be,” stated Deputy Chief Public Well being Officer Dr. Howard Njoo at a information convention April 30.

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As the brand new variants started rising round Christmas, Canada first started requiring unfavorable exams taken now not than 72 hours earlier than boarding a flight to Canada, then in late February, imposed obligatory lodge quarantines.

All worldwide air passengers are required to spend as much as three days in a delegated quarantine lodge close to one of many licensed airports in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. As soon as they get a unfavorable check consequence they’ll return house to complete their two week quarantine there, however should present a second check consequence.

Initially the second check was required on day 10, however it’s now on day eight.

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On April 23, Canada banned flights from India and Pakistan due to the excessive variety of optimistic COVID-19 instances on these flights. Within the two weeks earlier than that call was made, 165 flights carried not less than one one who later examined optimistic, 43 of them from India.

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Nearly each flight that landed from India had not less than one optimistic COVID-19 affected person.

Total about 1.5 per cent of worldwide air travellers examined optimistic, in keeping with the PHAC information.

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