Canada suspends flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days

Odawa — The federal government will suspend the arrival of passenger flights from India and Pakistan next month. This is due to the surge in COVID-19 in both countries.

Transport Minister Omar Argabra has stated that due to the large number of people arriving in Canada on COVID-19 from India and Pakistan, all commercial and private passenger flights from both countries will be banned from midnight.

He states that freight flights will continue to be permitted, especially to allow continued shipments of vaccines and personal protective equipment.

However, shipments of vaccines to Canada could be suspended until at least June as India fights the biggest surge in COVID-19.

Today, more than 300,000 people have been diagnosed in India, the highest total of the day ever.

Health Minister Patty Haidu said that half of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canada by plane were in India, even though flights accounted for only one-fifth of air traffic. , Says he came from India.

She says passengers from Pakistan are also positive at a higher than average rate.

Alghabra says there are no flights from Brazil at this time, but if the data supports it, Canada will not hesitate to ban any further commercial flights.

At least 32 flights from Delhi and 2 flights from Pakistan have landed in Canada in the last two weeks, carrying dozens of passengers and later tested positive for COVID-19.