November 29, 2023

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Passengers on dozens of flights landing at Toronto Pearson Airport tested for coronavirus-Toronto positive test

Passengers on dozens of flights landing at Toronto Pearson Airport tested for coronavirus-Toronto positive test

Since the beginning of September, more than 20 international flights have landed Toronto Pearson International Airport There were passengers with COVID-19.

The federal government will release updated aircraft Daily information, which identifies the sequence that exposes passengers along with the aircraft.

According to the website, the flights arrived between September 1 and September 11 and landed in Mexico, the United States, Poland, Germany, India and Jamaica.

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The website also identifies domestic airlines where coronavirus cases have been confirmed.

A spokesman for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority said that before passengers board flights to Canada, Transport Canada requires all airlines to take passenger temperature and they must provide contact information for contact tracing purposes.

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“At Pearson, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority has developed a strict hygienic airport program to protect passengers and workers, including increased cleaning and sanitation, physical distance measures, Plexiglas barriers over two kilometers, airport worker COVID-19 report indicating where and when the COD 19 The context arises and the implementation of various innovative new technologies, ”said a statement from GTAA.

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Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said that cases to international travelers should be handled and it was important for travelers to follow public health guidelines and avoid all unnecessary travel.

“Unfortunately, this is not surprising … we know that the rate of COVID-19 infection worldwide is very high,” he said.

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“We have quarantine law for a reason and it is being enforced for a reason and given the high burden of COVID-19 worldwide, it is not unexpected that cases with international travel will enter Canada.”

In March, the federal government enacted the law in the fight against COVID-19, imposing fines on any traveler returning to Canada and mandatory self-detention with imprisonment for violating the rules.

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While it is not surprising that COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on international flights, Bogoch said the risk to those traveling on the plane is low.

“If people are on the plane, domestically or internationally, and there is a COVID19 case on that plane, if people adhere to public health guidelines such as wearing a mask, the risk of infection is very low,” he said. .

“It’s not zero percent, but the spread of this infection to others is very low.”

On Tuesday, the Ontario government reported 251 new cases of the novel Corona virus, Brought the regional total to 45,068.

On August 28, Dr. Theresa Tom, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, said that people traveling internationally must measure the risk surrounding unnecessary travel.

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“If you are a senior, if you have underlying medical conditions, you need to think about where you started your journey from all directions and what you are going to do at the other end. From taking public transport, to getting to the airport, to going all the way, ”said Tom.

“You have to think through all the actions. Are you comfortable with the fact that those actions will save you? If not, think twice about whether that journey is important to you. ”

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