Greater than 5,000 folks examined optimistic for COVID-19 after flying again to Canada since obligatory quarantine inns started in late February.
So far, variants of curiosity or concern have been recognized in nearly one-third of these instances.
Knowledge supplied 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 detrimental COVID-19 take a look at taken not more than three days earlier than they boarded their aircraft.
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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 complete caseload _ there have been greater than 342,000 instances 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 approach into Ontario,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated Monday on Twitter after studying in regards to the newest traveller statistics from The Canadian Press.
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“Over 90 per cent of recent instances in Ontario are new variants. We’re seeing extra younger folks in ICUs. It’s clear stronger border measures are wanted.”
However Canada’s high medical doctors stated Friday there may be an excessive amount of deal with the border and never sufficient on stopping COVID-19 from spreading inside Canada.
“There appears to be a variety of curiosity and nearly, I might say, a (preoccupation with the borders) however on the finish of the top day, when you have a look at the precise threat by way of importation, the precise variety of instances with respect to folks crossing the border in comparison with what’s taking place within the communities in lots of the hardest hit provinces, I feel that’s the place the general public well being focus must be,” stated 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 detrimental checks taken now not than 72 hours earlier than boarding a flight to Canada, then in late February, imposed obligatory 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 detrimental take a look at end result they’ll return residence to complete their two week quarantine there, however should present a second take a look at end result.
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 instances 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.
Nearly each flight that landed from India had no less than one optimistic COVID-19 affected person.
Total about 1.5 per cent of worldwide air travellers examined optimistic, in keeping with the PHAC knowledge.
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