Canada Extends Pakistan, India Flight Ban Over COVID-19

Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra told a news conference that the measure, first announced on April on April 22 but we are now extending this measures to June 21

MONITORING DESK: A Canadian ban on direct passenger flights from India and Pakistan after increased Covid-19 cases were detected in travellers arriving from these countries was extended Friday until June 21.

Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra told a news conference that the measure, first announced on April on April 22 but we are now extending this measures to June 21.

The minister noted a “significant reduction” in the number of positive Covid-19 cases arriving on international flights of late. But “based on public health advice,” he said, “this is not the right time to consider loosening any border control measures.”

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India, which has been undergoing an alarming surge blamed on a “double mutant” variant and super-spreader events, has recorded more than 26 million Covid-19 cases.

Last month, Ottawa said only 1.8 percent of travellers to Canada had tested positive for coronavirus, but while India accounted for 20 percent of air travel to Canada, more than half of all positive tests at the border were from flights arriving from the country. Similar high numbers were also linked to Pakistan.

All travellers to Canada are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. They must also present a negative Covid test before boarding an international flight, and another upon arrival in Canada.

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