The Canadian authorities mentioned 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 could possibly be imposed on incoming flights from particular nations, resembling India.
The ban on nonessential journey between the US and Canada has been prolonged till at the very least Might 21, as Canadian provinces contemplate inner 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’ll proceed to do what it takes — for so long as it takes — to maintain Canadians protected,” Invoice Blair, Canada’s public security minister, mentioned on Tuesday.
Canada’s high physician mentioned 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 characterize 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, mentioned on Tuesday.
For the reason that begin of the pandemic, there have been 1,131,773 instances of Covid-19, together with 88,327 energetic 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 lodge quarantine.
In February, the Trudeau authorities mentioned air passengers touchdown in Canada can be examined for Covid-19 after which need to endure a three-day lodge quarantine, at their very own expense, whereas they look forward to outcomes. That’s along with displaying a damaging coronavirus check earlier than boarding.
Well being Canada, a federal company, mentioned about 1 per cent of air travellers are testing optimistic whereas in a quarantine lodge.
The company mentioned 117 flights have arrived at Canadian airports through 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,” mentioned John Horgan, the provincial premier.
Individually, Manitoba industrial truck drivers who frequently 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 develop to incorporate different important employees resembling health-care suppliers.
“The US has acquired a whole lot of vaccines and Canada’s acquired much less,” Doug Burgum, North Dakota governor, mentioned on Tuesday. “We wish to do our half to assist these important employees from Canada who’re regularly travelling by our state.”