Air Canada extends ban on flights from India until June 22 – National – fr

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Air Canada extends ban on flights from India until June 22 – National – fr


Air Canada has extended the ban on flights from India to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the federal government has not announced the same.

“We have extended the suspension of our flights from India until June 22,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said in a statement.

“We did this in anticipation of extending the existing suspension of flights between the two countries.”

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The ban on flights from India and Pakistan was originally announced by the federal government on April 22 and was set at 30 days. Air Canada does not operate flights to or from Pakistan.

Ministry of Transport spokeswoman Allison St. Jean said in a statement that the ministry is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in India and Pakistan and will determine next steps based on “evidence and advice. ‘public health experts’. She has not confirmed whether the federal government will extend its ban.

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“All of the recent decisions announced by Air Canada are operational and made in their own right,” said St. Jean.









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The ban was originally intended to protect Canada from the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19 which was spreading rapidly in India.

Canada has yet to identify the variant as a ‘variant of concern’ (VOC), but rather as a ‘variant of interest’ – although the UK and the World Health Organization recently referred to it. of VOCs.

Canada’s ban does not affect cargo flights and only applies to direct flights. Travelers from India can still enter the country indirectly, but they must show a negative COVID-19 test before leaving for Canada.

The Indian variant has already been detected in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

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India is still grappling with the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Deaths in the country from the virus recently exceeded a quarter of a million, while nearly 400,000 new cases are reported daily.

When the federal government first announced the ban, half of air travelers arriving in Canada who had tested positive for COVID-19 were from India, even though only a fifth of flights originated within the country, according to Minister of Health Patty Hajdu.

However, since the ban, it has been revealed that 80% of COVID-19 cases from all Canadian air travel have come from domestic flights, according to federal data.

Global News analysis also found that 226 domestic flights had at least one case of COVID-19 on board, compared to 50 international flights entering Canada, between April and May.








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There is currently no federal ban on domestic flights.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for additional travel measures, such as a mandatory quarantine to enter the country by land.

– With files from Reuters, David Lao, Saba Aziz, Rachel Gilmore and Amanda Connelly

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