Canada has prolonged its ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan till June 21 to assist management the unfold of latest variants of the novel coronavirus.
The earlier 30-day ban, first imposed on April 22, was set to run out Saturday.
Cargo flights will nonetheless be permitted with a view to keep shipments of important provides, similar to vaccines and private protecting tools.
“Minister of Transport is of the opinion it’s essential for aviation security and the safety of the general public,” stated a discover to airmen, or NOTAM, to halt direct passenger air site visitors from these international locations.
The ban applies to direct flights from each international locations. Passengers can nonetheless fly to Canada from India or Pakistan, however arrive in Canada by way of a 3rd nation. They might want to produce a damaging consequence on a COVID-19 take a look at taken at their final level of departure earlier than being allowed to enter Canada.
Final week, Air Canada proactively prolonged the flight ban from India in anticipation of the federal government’s announcement.
Air Canada doesn’t function to Pakistan.
All travellers arriving in Canada by land or air have to indicate a damaging COVID-19 take a look at and quarantine for 2 weeks; some exceptions are made for important employees. Air passengers should quarantine for as much as three days at an permitted resort whereas awaiting COVID-19 take a look at outcomes, and should take a look at once more eight days after arrival.
Considerations about variant
Based on epidemiological knowledge from the Public Well being Company of Canada, solely 0.6 per cent of all air travellers getting into Canada have been discovered to be COVID-19-positive within the week ended Might 8, the newest knowledge accessible.
All incoming air travellers who take a look at optimistic for the virus endure complete genome sequencing to find which variant it could be.
The B.1.617 variant first recognized in India late final yr – which is driving a report surge in new circumstances in that nation – has been present in Canada.
“We all know that there have been circumstances detected in provinces and territories, and there could also be some early indicators that we have already got some neighborhood transmission,” stated Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public well being officer, in a Might 14 briefing. “This variant exhibits elevated transmissibility…. Measures could be taken to handle the transmission of this variant as we’ve got for different variants.”
India has turn into a world hotspot for the coronavirus.
On Wednesday, the nation reported extra coronavirus deaths in a single day than every other nation at any time in the course of the pandemic, whereas infections continued to unfold by rural areas with weak well being methods.
The nation’s well being ministry reported a report 4,529 deaths, driving India’s confirmed fatalities to 283,248. It additionally reported 267,334 new infections, as day by day circumstances remained beneath 300,000 for the third consecutive day. The numbers are nearly actually undercounts.
Final week, the World Well being Group stated the B.1.617 variant was being categorized as a variant of worldwide concern.