Canada has prolonged its ban on incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan by one other 30 days, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra introduced Friday.
The minister introduced the extension through the weekly Public Well being Company of Canada press convention simply sooner or later earlier than the unique ban was set to run out.
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“Direct industrial and personal passenger flights from India and Pakistan will proceed to be denied permission to reach in Canada,” the minister mentioned throughout a press convention on Friday.
“This isn’t the proper time to loosen any measures proper now,” he mentioned.
The sooner 30-day flight ban from India and Pakistan which set to run out Saturday will now be prolonged to June 21. The transfer comes amid rising considerations over a extremely transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus first found in India.
The B.1.617 variant first recognized in India late final 12 months features a pair of mutations that the Indian Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare says might confer “immune escape and elevated infectivity.”
The B.1.617 variant has been recognized in Canada and different international locations, and the federal authorities cited concern over the unfold of the variant as a purpose when the preliminary journey ban was introduced on April 22.
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“Our preliminary determination final month was based mostly on information noticed by means of public well being,” Alghabra mentioned.
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“The info had proven an disproportional quantity of an infection for arrivals coming from each India and Pakistan and the choice was, as we had promised Canadians, we’d do no matter it takes to guard their well being and security,” he added.
Nonetheless, Alghabra additionally mentioned that there was “a major discount within the variety of constructive instances of COVID-19 arriving from worldwide flights since this restriction was put in place.”
“There’s nonetheless elevated strain on our well being care system due to the pandemic so we should proceed to be vigilant,” he added.
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Federal authorities information has proven that the journey ban might have helped not less than decrease the arrival of COVID-19 instances in Canada.
Well being Canada information posted on-line earlier this month confirmed 135 worldwide flights from 18 totally different international locations arrived between April 10 and April 23 with not less than one passenger who had COVID-19. Thirty-six of these have been direct flights from India and two have been from Pakistan.
Within the two weeks after the ban took impact, the variety of total flights with COVID-19-positive passengers fell to 56. Prior to now two weeks, that quantity fell once more to 37.
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