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Canada’s Conservatives call on feds to suspend travel from ‘COVID-19 hotspots’

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had on Tuesday issued travel recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers PremiumThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had on Tuesday issued travel recommendations for fully vaccinated travellers
Deanna Wagner | 23 April, 2021, 01:23

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Ottawa has generally opted for measures that are not country-specific, such as a pre-boarding test for COVID-19, tests on arrival and government-mandated quarantine.

"We are tracking the course of the COVID outbreak in India very closely", State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference.

With COVID cases surging in India, entry requirements for Indian travellers are being made more stringent across the world.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's under consideration in Canada, and travel restrictions are already in place in some countries.

Tam said her team is conducting a risk analysis of the situation there, collecting data to determine how many people are testing positive coming into Canada from India, and any reporting of the country's newly discovered variant.

New Delhi sent out warnings that patients could die if oxygen supplies in hospitals were not replenished. India recorded another high of 217,353 new cases in the past 24 hours, pushing its total since the pandemic began past 14.2 million.

Some other countries have already issued travel alerts with India turning into a global hostpot of the pandemic over the past fortnight but the CDC's advisory and the United Kingdom red list could have a more cascading effect.

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Currently, worldwide travellers heading to Canada are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding, and are also required to take another test when they land.

Provincial House leader Paul Calandra said the federal Liberals must act now to prevent more variants from infiltrating Canada.

"I am pleading with the prime minister to secure our borders so that we can get control of these global variants", he said.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says because there are so many people arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan with COVID-19, all commercial and private passenger flights from both countries will be prohibited as of midnight.

The ban lasted until early January.

Bhushan further shared data which showed that in those aged 30 and above, 67.5 per cent Covid-19 cases were reported in the first wave, while 69.18 per cent cases registered in second wave.