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The Canadian government said on Tuesday that measures to maintain its borders were effective as a ban on traveling with the U.S. was extended.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Ottawa’s protectionist efforts, but warned that bans could be imposed on flights from certain countries, such as India.
The ban on essential travel between the U.S. and Canada has been extended until at least May 21 as Canadian provinces push for internal travel limits to halt the rise in Covid-19, including new variants of the disease.
“As cases escalate and as variants of concern appear across the country, we will continue to do what we need to do – as long as it needs to – to keep Canadians safe,” Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Tuesday.
Canada’s chief medical officer said more than 66,000 “variants of cases of concern” have been reported across Canada. Most are variants B.1.1.7, first seen in the UK.
“These represent the tip of the iceberg, with thousands more cases of Covid-19 confirming problematic mutations,” public health chief Theresa Tam said Tuesday.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,131,773 cases of Covid-19, including 88,327 active cases, and 23,667 deaths have been reported in the country.
Canada has extended the limits for travelers traveling to the country to study Covid-19 and be required to have a hotel quarantine.
In February, the Trudeau government said air passengers landing in Canada would test Covid-19 and then face a three-day hotel quarantine at their own expense while awaiting results. In addition to showing a negative coronavirus test before starting inside.
The federal agency Health Canada said about 1 percent of air passengers are positive that they are in a quarantine hotel.
According to the agency, 117 flights arrived at Canadian airports, and at least one passenger tested positive, with 20 arriving from the US. Another 24 came from Europe, and 29 from Delhi.
Travel restrictions in the province of British Columbia are being implemented to ensure only essential travel between the five health regions of the province. “We are in a serious situation,” said provincial minister John Horgan.
By default, Manitoba truck drivers who travel regularly to the U.S. will now be able to get a jab on the North Dakota side.
The agreement is believed to be the first cross-border vaccine agreement, and could eventually be extended to other key employees, such as health care providers.
“The U.S. has a lot of vaccines and Canada fewer,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday. “We want to do our part to help these key Canadian employees who travel frequently across our state.”