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Ford asks to suspend arrival of worldwide students, Trudeau says

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Cecil Davis | 01 May, 2021, 01:33

"The new deadly Indian variant was found here in Canada", Ford said.

They say in the past two weeks, over 150,000 people - not including essential commercial truckers - have crossed Canada's land borders.

"We need to look outside the box to make sure that we do have enough hotels in and around these border crossings to make sure that they have the ability to accommodate this, Gill said".

Ford was on a conference call with Prime Minister Trudeau and other premiers last night, where he says he pleaded with Trudeau to do more at the nation's airports, including mandatory pre-departure testing for those flying into Ontario from other provinces.

Canada has signed deals with seven pharmaceutical firms for some 400 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and approved four for use so far - the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs.

This change isn't expected to affect the scheduled shipments of two million doses each week in May, and 2.4 million doses each week in June, she said.

Ontario reported 3,887 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. "I will not let this issue go because too much is at stake", Ford said.

Ford says if it were up to him, he'd shut down Toronto's Pearson International Airport and the province's land borders to stop some travellers from exploiting loopholes in federal measures. "We could one day soon face a variant that is resistant to our vaccines, we are hearing about new ones every week".

Victoria records shock new Covid case after Perth hotel quarantine spread
However, health teams still deemed the risk - as of last night - to the country of infection from Perth as being as low. Mr Foley said it was "too early" to know whether the virus had spread to others on the plane or in the airport.

Phillips' trip overseas occurred at a time when the premier was asking Ontarians not to gather over Christmas holidays and Ford was questioned how it was possible for a minister in his cabinet to leave the country without the premier knowing.

Iain Stewart, the president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, said 1,700 global air passengers have now tested positive for a variant of interest or a variant of concern while at a quarantine hotel.

"As long as you can fly to Buffalo, take a taxi or limo to the US border and walk across to Canada to avoid having to quarantine in a hotel".

Roughly 90 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases in Ontario are variants of concern (VOCs).

Ford continues to stay in isolation due to coming in contact with someone who works for the government who has COVID-19.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones have formally made the request in a letter to the federal ministers of public safety and health.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced late Thursday that curfews could be imposed in municipalities where the virus case rate exceeds 1,000 per 100,000 people and if the local governments ask for one. He said the measures are effective and have been catching the virus before it spreads.