Because the winter surge of the pandemic continues in Canada, the federal government has made it obligatory for all Canada-bound worldwide travellers to supply a unfavourable Covid-19 check consequence earlier than being allowed to board a flight to a Canadian vacation spot.
Air journey stays restricted to the nation because the ban on entry of international nationals, first introduced in March final 12 months through the preliminary outbreak of Covid-19, stays in power.
Nonetheless, a number of flights proceed to deliver passengers into the nation, together with a number of every week from India, as a part of an air bubble association.
Passengers booked on the incoming Vande Bharat Mission flights operated by Air India with a reciprocal association with Air Canada, will probably be impacted by the brand new measures that went into power on Thursday.
The federal government will solely settle for outcomes from the reverse transcription polymerase chain response (RTPCR) or transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification or RT-LAMP checks, which should be taken inside 72 hours earlier than the departure of the Canada-bound flight.
The brand new measures have additionally resulted from a public backlash towards a number of politicians who went overseas through the Christmas break in December, resulting in the resignation of Indo-Canadian MP Kamal Khera from her publish of parliamentary secretary to the minister of worldwide growth in PM Justin Trudeau’s authorities, amongst a number of others together with the finance minister of the province of Ontario.
Trudeau has criticised those that had chosen to trip overseas whereas the second wave of Covid-19 has seized the nation. The full variety of confirmed instances in Canada stood at 626,317, a each day enhance of over 8,000 new infections, surpassing the numbers witnessed within the spring. The variety of fatalities has reached 16,369.
Extra restrictions are coming into place in a number of Canadian jurisdictions. The toughest hit, the province of Quebec, has introduced the primary ever curfew within the nation, lasting from 8pm to 5am for a month starting on January 9.
Related unfavourable checks are already required by different international locations, together with India, however such a step hadn’t been applied earlier. Explaining the explanation for the transfer, Canada’s transport minister Marc Garneau mentioned through the course of a media interplay, “The Covid-19 pandemic is much from over. We have to proceed to be vigilant, and we have to proceed to take motion to scale back the dangers of spreading the virus by air journey.”