Montreal — Canada will not rush to resume its border with the United States on unnecessary and unurgent trips, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.
As vaccination rates have increased on both sides of the border, calls for resumption plans are beginning to rise. The White House said last week that it hadn’t yet decided when and how to reopen its border with Canada, but corporate groups and lawmakers, including Vermont Governor Phil Scott and New York House Rep. Brian Higgins, said. Encouraged both countries to make plans.
Trudeau said Monday that many are eager to reopen the border, but that restrictions need to be relaxed with caution and with Canadian security in mind.
“We’re on the right track, but not what other countries want, and we make decisions based on the interests of the Canadians,” he said at a press conference in Ottawa.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said 75% of Canada’s population needs to be vaccinated and daily cases need to continue to decline nationwide before the government relaxes travel restrictions.
“We all want to reopen our business. We want to go back on a trip to meet friends, take a vacation and go on a trip,” he said. “But we don’t have to close again. There’s another wave, so we need to conclude again.”
Trudeau’s words came when Ontario and Quebec reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 infections in months. For the first time since mid-September, less than 300 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Quebec, with 276 new infections and 1 death due to the new coronavirus.
Some parts of Quebec have been downgraded from red to orange by the state’s pandemic alert system, allowing high school students to resume full-time face-to-face lessons, gyms, and indoor restaurant meals.
In Ontario, 916 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported. The state last reported a low number of cases on February 17, with 847 new infections.
Many Ontarians over the age of 80 were eligible to increase their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday after the government announced last week that it would reduce the minimum vaccination interval to four weeks. Medical institutions have stated that due to supply issues, an early second dose cannot be provided immediately.
Meanwhile, Nunavut’s chief public health officer said on Monday that the region would ease restrictions in Iqaluit, which was hit hard later this week, thanks to fewer infected people and higher vaccine intake. ..
The number of cases continues to decline in Nova Scotia, where 17 new cases have been reported.
Further west, Manitoba said it had approved the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech or Modana vaccine as a booster to residents who received the first dose of Oxford AstraZeneca.
Dr. Joss Laimer, who heads the state’s vaccination, said the decision was made in response to research in Spain and after similar decisions were made in Quebec and elsewhere. ..
In contrast to some other states, Manitoba continues to suffer from high COVID-19 infection rates. The state reported more than 300 new infections on Monday, and the state’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, is putting pressure on the health system as too many people are still receiving intensive care. Said.