3.5 million people who have arrived in Canada since March exempt from quarantine requirement – National

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OTTAWA – More than 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since the border closed last March, but less than a quarter have been ordered to quarantine – the rest have been deemed ‘essential’ and exempt from the requirement.The Canada Border Services Agency provides data each week on the number of people arriving in Canada by land or air, saying “most” of those entering the country must be quarantined for two weeks.

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Essential travelers include truck drivers, airline crew members, healthcare workers, members of the military, people living in border communities who need to complete daily tasks in Canada and the people Ottawa considers essential to managing the pandemic.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada provided The Canadian Press with data showing that 4.6 million people have arrived in Canada since March 21, when the border was to be closed to all non-essential travel.

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Of these, 3.5 million were considered essential while 1.1 million people were non-essential travelers and quarantined.

Health Canada data on 80% of confirmed cases to date shows that about 4.4% of the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in this country involved recent travelers or people who have come in contact with them.


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