(Ottawa) More than 5,000 passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to Canada after mandatory hotel detention began in late February.
According to information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, 3,748 people were tested on the day of their arrival in Canada, although they submitted a certificate of negative testing to the screening conducted within three days. Flight before departure to Canada.
Statistics show that 1,411 passengers tested positive when tested ten days after arriving in the country.
Of the infected passengers, 1,566 tested positive for variation of anxiety and 134 others tested positive for the variant of “interest”. More than 95% of concerns are in line with B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK.
B.1.1.7 Mutation is the dominant variant species in Canada.
The number of travel-related cases in Canada is very low compared to the total – there were more than 342,000 COVID-19 cases between February 22 and April 29 – but regional premiers are pushing Ottawa to do even more to prevent more contagious types from entering Canada by air.
“I am very concerned about the arrival of new variants of COVID-19 in Ontario,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Twitter Monday after seeing the latest statistics on passengers from the La Canadian Press.
“More than 90% of new cases in Ontario are new types. We are seeing more young people in intensive care units. It is clear that tougher border measures are needed.”
As of last Thursday, the data shows that the number of confirmed variants among travelers is three times higher than indicated seven days ago, as more test results have been submitted to Agencies de la Public Health in Canada.
But he said public health was high across the border on Friday, which was not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
“There seems to be a lot of interest in borders, but at the end of the day if you look at the real risk of imports, the actual number of cases of people crossing borders and what is happening in many communities, the hardest hit provinces, I think we need to focus on public health,” the doctor said.r Howard Nzu, Canada Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at a press conference on April 30.
As new variants begin to emerge around Christmas, the Canadian public will need to be tested 72 hours before the departure time for a flight to Canada. In late February, Ottawa imposed mandatory hotel restrictions.
All international passengers must spend up to three days in a designated detention hotel near one of the authorized airports in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Once they get a negative test result, they can return home to complete their two-week detention, but must provide a second test result.
Initially, a second test was required on the 10th day, but is now requested on the 8th day.
On April 23, Canada banned flights from India and Pakistan because of the high number of positive COVID-19 cases on those flights. Within two weeks of the decision, 165 planes carried at least one person, followed by positive tests, including 43 from India.
Almost all flights from India have at least one patient with COVID-19.
Statistics indicate that 1.5% of all travelers tested positive on the day of their arrival in Canada.