CANADA NEWS: Omicron exception Canada restricts entry to seven South African countries

Responding to the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the Canadian government banned all non-Canadians still in seven southern African countries 14 days ago from entering the country.

The move will run until January 31, 2022 as a concern for new global diversity after the World Health Organization classified it as another “concern”. No cases related to this exception have been found in Canada yet.

These measures come as Canada finds an increase in new infections, tracking the spread of the epidemic in Europe. The period between November 18 and 25 marked a 9% increase in normal daily conditions, at 2,608. Canada recorded 3,055 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 1,782,171, including 29,618 deaths.

Countries that will contribute to travel restrictions are South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. “Foreigners traveling to any of these countries for the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter Canada,” the health ministry said in a statement.

“These new measures are being implemented with caution,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to return to the country but will undergo strict testing and solitary confinement.

All passengers arriving by plane will be required to stay at a designated detention center pending the outcome of their tests upon arrival at a Canadian airport. They will be kept in solitary confinement for 14 days regardless of immunization status and will be re-tested on the eighth day after arrival in Canada. Since there are no direct flights between these southern African nations and Canada, travelers will need to have a negative result of a 72-hour cell examination at the final departure point, a third country, before they are allowed to board a controlled flight. in Canada.

In a statement, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr Theresa Tam said “because of the growing risk of infection, as well as increased risk of vaccination-induced protection, we are concerned about this exception and are carefully monitoring the changing situation”.

He added that nationally, “the daily number of cases has been steadily rising so we need to maintain a high level of vigilance to avoid haste”.

These changes come as Canadian health authorities begin to offer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children between the ages of five and 11.

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