Greater than 5,000 folks examined optimistic for COVID-19 after flying again to Canada since necessary quarantine motels started in late February.
To this point, variants of curiosity or concern have been recognized in nearly one-third of these circumstances.
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 adverse COVID-19 take a look at taken not more than three days earlier than they boarded their airplane.
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One other 1,411 folks got here again optimistic for COVID-19 on the take a look at 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.
It’s now the dominant variant in Canada.
The journey numbers are comparatively small in comparison with Canada’s whole caseload _ there have been greater than 342,000 circumstances 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 stepping into Canada on planes.
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“I’m extraordinarily involved about new COVID variants making their method into Ontario,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford mentioned Monday on Twitter after studying concerning the newest traveller statistics from The Canadian Press.
“Over 90 per cent of recent circumstances in Ontario are new variants. We’re seeing extra younger folks in ICUs. It’s clear stronger border measures are wanted.”
However Canada’s prime docs mentioned Friday there may be an excessive amount of concentrate on the border and never sufficient on stopping COVID-19 from spreading inside Canada.
“There appears to be a number of curiosity and nearly, I’d say, a (preoccupation with the borders) however on the finish of the top day, in the event you take a look at the precise threat when it comes to importation, the precise variety of circumstances with respect to folks crossing the border in comparison with what’s taking place within the communities in most of the hardest hit provinces, I feel that’s the place the general public well being focus must be,” mentioned 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 adverse exams taken now not than 72 hours earlier than boarding a flight to Canada, then in late February, imposed necessary resort quarantines.
All worldwide air passengers are required to spend as much as three days in a chosen quarantine resort close to one of many approved airports in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. As soon as they get a adverse take a look at consequence they’ll return house to complete their two week quarantine there, however should present a second take a look at consequence.
Initially the second take a look at 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 circumstances on these flights. Within the two weeks earlier than that call was made, 165 flights carried no less than one one who later examined optimistic, 43 of them from India.
Virtually each flight that landed from India had no less than one optimistic COVID-19 affected person.
General about 1.5 per cent of worldwide air travellers examined optimistic, in response to the PHAC knowledge.
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