May 23, 2022

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Foreign travelers | Quebec asks Ottawa to tighten the screw

Foreign travelers |  Quebec asks Ottawa to tighten the screw

(Quebec) The Legalt government is sounding the alarm as it sees an increase in COVID-19 cases among travelers entering Quebec. Minister Christian Dubey invited Ottawa to ensure “strict and strict monitoring of the quarantine” and to “reconsider” the mandatory stay at the hotel.

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The health minister challenged his counterpart Hajj on the issue of borders. As of July 5, passengers who have been properly vaccinated and are eligible to enter Canada are exempt from quarantine measures. The screening test on arrival in Canada is always a condition for entry into the country.

“On [veut revenir] With strict rules because we have no control over it and we saw how it hurts us during the first wave, and I do not want to play in the same movie again, ”Minister Dubey explained in a statement in Law, Friday.

In a letter sent to M on ThursdayTo me Hodge, Q Tap Was able to contact, Minister Dubey blamed on the weekend from July 31 to 1Is In August alone, 60 positive cases were identified among travelers in Quebec. Of these, 68% do not have adequate immunity.

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Christian Dubey

On Thursday, Montreal Public Health revealed that one-third of all new infections detected in Montreal came from “travelers outside Canada.”

“Public health officials have expressed some concern about the increase in cases in the wake of the circulation of the Delta variant, mainly found among travelers in Quebec,” Minister Dubey wrote.

Minister Dubey points out the delay in transmitting positive results from passengers at the federal government airport to regional public health directorates, which could reach up to seven days.

“These delays mean that passengers with a positive test result and exclusion from quarantine activities may be transmission vectors in the population. This delay is detrimental to the management and potential contacts of these passenger cases by public health officials and contributes to the increase in community transmission of the virus,” the minister explained in his letter.

He asks that “steps be taken” to reduce this delay. Mr Dubey stressed that sampling facilities at the airport “do not seem appropriate to allow passengers to move safely and stay in line in accordance with health measures”.

The Canadian border has been reopened to vaccinated American travelers since August 9 and must be reopened to other countries around the world on September 7. Expect increased ridership at airports. Travelers are not required to book a three-night hotel stay when arriving in the country.

Quebec has asked Ottawa to “consider reintroducing this mandatory quarantine” if the federal government “fails to ensure strict and strict monitoring of detentions for all non-vaccinated passengers.”

Fully vaccinated children and dependents should still be detained, especially for visitors entering Canada for humanitarian reasons.

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