Trudeau defends Canada’s travel restrictions and states that quarantine hotels will retain their obligations

Does Ottawa-Canada Need to Extend Use of Quarantine Hotels for International Air Travelers by Another Month and Do More to Prevent COVID-19 Cases from Entering the Country? I’m considering whether.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that even if he defended the government’s actions at the border, which came into effect on Tuesday, it could include banning flights arriving from certain countries, such as India.

“We are continuing our investigation and have asked the authorities to carefully consider, for example, what the UK has done most recently regarding suspending flights from India,” he said.

The United Kingdom has added India to the “Red List” of countries that ban arrival flights. Only British citizens arriving from any of the 40 countries on the list are admitted and must go to the quarantine hotel for 10 days.

India reports more than 250,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily this week. The hospital is full and the death toll is piled up. Doctors are investigating whether another new variant known as B.1.617 may be part of the reason.

Last December, Canada suspended flights from the United Kingdom for more than two weeks due to concerns about the first appearance of the COVID-19 variant in the United Kingdom.

Data on flights of positive cases over the last two weeks show that 117 flights, with at least one passenger tested positive, arrived, 29 of which were from Delhi. An additional 20 arrived from US cities and 24 from Europe.

Canada currently requires all air passengers arriving from abroad to spend up to three days in an approved quarantine hotel until the COVID-19 test results are available.

According to Trudeau, these rules, which also require COVID-19 inspection before boarding an international flight to Canada and for those arriving at the border, have been extended by another month to May 21st. It was.

According to Health Canada, about 1% of air travelers test positive while in a quarantine hotel. All travelers are to be quarantined for 14 days, regardless of test results. They are supposed to be tested again after 10 days, but Health Canada says they don’t currently know how many are positive at that time.

Canada is considering potentially expanding international travel restrictions, but state governments are also trying to curb domestic travel.

This week, Ontario set up a checkpoint on the border between Manitoba and Quebec with the aim of keeping non-essential travelers out of the state.

Nova Scotia Prime Minister Ian Rankin called on Tuesday to ban the next traveler who is neither a resident nor an essential worker in Nova Scotia, and wants everyone to leave his state unless they live in Nova Scotia. Said.

British Columbia is considering ferry terminals and highway obstacles to and from Vancouver, discouraging recreational trips within the state.

Trudeau also said Tuesday that he would be vaccinated against Oxford-AstraZeneca at a pharmacy in Ontario as soon as reservations were available. Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland suddenly qualified when Ontario lowered their age to take a shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca at a pharmacy for people over the age of 40.

Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba have also lowered their age limit to 40. Quebec announced on Tuesday that it will begin offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 45 starting Wednesday. Previously, vaccines were restricted to 55 years and older in all states, but health experts were investigating the risks that vaccines pose to blood clots.

Health Canada said last week it was investigating evidence of a possible link between the vaccine and a very rare thrombotic disorder. Regulators said the risk was very low. He also states that the vaccine is very effective and safe for all adults.

On Tuesday, New Brunswick confirmed the first case of a patient who experienced a blood clot after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. People in their thirties were vaccinated in mid-March and were treated and recovered.

The National Advisory Committee on Vaccination was scheduled to hold a briefing on Tuesday to update advice on how to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, but it was suddenly canceled minutes before the start and was unexplained.

Some states haven’t waited for NACI to adjust their advice, hundreds, if not thousands, of doses have moved towards expiration dates, and enough people over the age of 55 haven’t booked. Therefore, we have lowered the age limit.

Trudeau told the pharmacist at a virtual meeting on Tuesday morning that his office was still considering details. “But I look forward to getting the pharmacist to give me the vaccine as soon as I have an appointment in the right process.”

“We will continue to post it to you,” he told them.

At the same meeting, Freeland said he had sent children online to use his technology skills to find reservations.

“My daughter said we were on the waiting list, so we have to check it after this,” she said. “But I’ll get it as soon as possible. I want to go to a local pharmacy.”

Mia Loveson