So far, variants of interest or concern have been identified in almost a third of these cases.
Data provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada lists 3,748 people who tested positive on the day of their return, although they must have shown a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than three days before ascending to board their plane.
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Another 1,411 people returned positive for COVID-19 during the required test 10 days after their return.
Of these, 1,566 tested positive for a variant of concern and 134 others tested positive for a variant of interest. Over 95% of the variants of concern are B.1.1.7, first identified in the UK.
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It is now the dominant variant in Canada.
The number of trips is relatively small compared to the total number of cases in Canada – there were more than 342,000 cases of COVID-19 between February 22 and April 29 – but provincial premiers are nonetheless pushing Ottawa to quit ‘it does even more to prevent the faster-spreading variants from entering Canada on planes.
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“I am extremely concerned about the arrival of new variants of COVID in Ontario,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Twitter on Monday after seeing the latest traveler statistics from the Canadian Press.
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“Over 90% of new cases in Ontario are new variants. We are seeing more young people in the ICUs. It is clear that stronger border measures are needed. “
But Canada’s top doctors said on Friday the focus was too much on the border and not enough on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.
“There seems to be a lot of interest and almost, I would say, a (border concern) but at the end of the day, if you look at the real risk in terms of importation, the real number of cases with in this Regarding people crossing the border versus what is happening in communities in several of the hardest hit provinces, I think this is where the focus needs to be on public health, ”said the Dr Howard Njoo, deputy chief public health officer at a press conference on April 30.
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As the new variants began to emerge around Christmas, Canada began requiring negative tests carried out no more than 72 hours before boarding a flight to Canada, then at the end of February imposed quarantines. compulsory hotels.
All international air passengers must spend up to three days in a designated quarantine 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 quarantine, but must provide a second test result.
Initially, the second test was required on day 10, but is now on day 8.
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On April 23, Canada banned flights from India and Pakistan due to the high number of positive COVID-19 cases on those flights. In the two weeks before the decision was made, 165 flights carried at least one person who subsequently tested positive, including 43 from India.
Almost all of the flights that landed from India had at least one positive COVID-19 patient.
Overall, about 1.5% of international air travelers have tested positive, according to PHAC data.
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