The Canadian authorities stated on Tuesday its border containment measures had been efficient, as a journey ban with the US was prolonged.
Justin Trudeau, prime minister, defended Ottawa’s safety efforts, however warned bans may very well be imposed on incoming flights from particular international locations, equivalent to India.
The ban on nonessential journey between the US and Canada has been prolonged till at the very least Could 21, as Canadian provinces take into account inside journey curbs to halt a Covid-19 surge, together with new variants of the illness.
“As instances rise and variants of concern proceed to emerge throughout the nation, we are going to proceed to do what it takes — for so long as it takes — to maintain Canadians secure,” Invoice Blair, Canada’s public security minister, stated on Tuesday.
Canada’s prime physician stated that greater than 66,000 “variant of concern instances” have been reported throughout Canada. Most are the B.1.1.7 variant first seen within the UK.
“These symbolize the tip of the iceberg, as there are numerous 1000’s extra Covid-19 instances which have screened optimistic for problematic mutations,” Theresa Tam, chief public well being officer, stated on Tuesday.
For the reason that begin of the pandemic, there have been 1,131,773 instances of Covid-19, together with 88,327 lively instances, and 23,667 deaths reported within the nation.
Canada has prolonged restrictions on travellers flying to the nation that require them to be examined for Covid-19 and endure necessary resort quarantine.
In February, the Trudeau authorities stated air passengers touchdown in Canada could be examined for Covid-19 after which must endure a three-day resort quarantine, at their very own expense, whereas they look ahead to outcomes. That’s along with exhibiting a detrimental coronavirus take a look at earlier than boarding.
Well being Canada, a federal company, stated about 1 per cent of air travellers are testing optimistic whereas in a quarantine resort.
The company stated 117 flights have arrived at Canadian airports during which at the very least one passenger examined optimistic, with 20 arriving from the US. One other 24 got here from Europe, whereas 29 originated from Delhi.
British Columbia is imposing journey restrictions throughout the province to make sure solely important journey between the province’s 5 well being areas. “We’re in a critical state of affairs,” stated John Horgan, the provincial premier.
Individually, Manitoba industrial truck drivers who recurrently journey into the US will now be capable to get a jab in adjoining North Dakota.
The deal, believed to be the primary such cross-border vaccine settlement, might ultimately broaden to incorporate different important staff equivalent to health-care suppliers.
“The US has received a variety of vaccines and Canada’s received much less,” Doug Burgum, North Dakota governor, stated on Tuesday. “We wish to do our half to assist these important staff from Canada who’re often travelling by way of our state.”