Trudeau Just Extended Canada's UK Travel Ban By Two More Weeks
Dec 25 2020
The ban was initially set to expire in 72 hours, reports Xinhua news agency.
Suspecting possibility of a new mutated variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation sent samples of a 28-year-old infected man to National Institute of Virology, Pune, on Wednesday to check whether the viral genome sequencing resembles the mutated strain B.1.1.7 lineage reported in the UK.
He added that passengers who arrived in Canada from the United Kingdom on Sunday will be subject to secondary screening and "enhanced measures".
While provincial and municipal governments across Canada are imposing ever stricter, economy-killing lockdowns on their citizens in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, global flights have been landing in Canada from all over the world, every day, from the start of the pandemic in January, with some passengers subsequently testing positive for COVID-19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his scientific advisers said on Saturday a variant of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70% more transmissible, was spreading rapidly in Britain, although it was not thought to be more deadly or to cause more serious illness.
"We will extend this temporary suspension of passenger flights from the U.K.to Canada for another two weeks", said Trudeau.
CNN reported that the Netherlands government is banning all passenger flights coming from the United Kingdom from Sunday morning until the New Year in order to minimise the risk of the new strain from spreading in the country as much as possible, according to a press release.
"Our Government is committed to keeping Canadians and the transportation system safe and secure. These additional measures will allow public health officials time to gather further evidence and help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19".