The Canadian authorities is advising Canadians to not journey forward of the vacation season.
Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos mentioned the advisory towards worldwide journey goes again in place. At a press convention alongside different federal ministers, Duclos additionally mentioned the federal government will proceed to extend testing capability at ports of entry.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with premiers final evening to debate public well being measures, together with journey measures. CBC stories no determination was reached.
I simply spoke with Premier @JJHorgan, as Chair of the Council of the Federation. We’re going to convene a gathering as quickly as attainable with the premiers to handle Omicron and ensure we’re working collectively to maintain you protected as we head into the vacations. We’ve acquired your again.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 14, 2021
On Tuesday, after the Cupboard assembly, federal Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos had already hinted that his authorities would possibly reinstate a journey advisory just like the one which was lifted on October 21, which urged travellers to keep away from non-essential journey outdoors of Canada.
“We’re involved that Canadians can be stranded overseas due to the quickly evolving measures that different international locations might put in place, and in addition due to the numerous danger of catching this variant, this virus, whereas touring overseas,” he reportedly mentioned after the assembly.
Canada beforehand put elevated restrictions on 10 African international locations, among the many first measures to fight the unfold of the brand new variant. The affected nations embody: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. International nationals who’ve been to any of those international locations inside the previous 14 days should not allowed to enter Canada.
Additionally, all travellers from international locations aside from the U.S. might want to full an on-arrival COVID-19 take a look at. They’ll then must quarantine at house till they obtain their outcomes. If their take a look at comes again damaging, they are often launched from quarantine. If it comes again constructive, they need to isolate for 10 days.
Canadian provinces have begun to tighten their measures in latest days. Ontario, introduced on Tuesday a tightening of guidelines in long-term care houses. The identical day, Quebec requested employers to reinstate distant work till additional discover.
In Canada, the variety of circumstances of COVID-19 is at the moment averaging at greater than 4,000 per day, in comparison with 3,000 in latest weeks. The most recent depend of Omicron in Canada is as much as 256 as of December 15. To date, all reported circumstances of Omicron in Canada have been asymptomatic or gentle.
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