Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s Inter-Federal Minister, announced in Ottawa on December 30 local time that the federal government will soon introduce measures requiring all passengers entering Canada on flights to undergo nucleic acid testing before boarding the plane, and Provide a report that tests negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours.
Although the exact time of implementation of this measure is not yet determined, LeBlanc stressed that the implementation time will be determined soon.
Public Security Minister Bill Blair stressed that this measure will not replace the current epidemic prevention measures, but will complement the current quarantine measures.
Quarantine measures, including 14-day quarantine observation for inbound passengers, will still be implemented. In addition, Canada’s Border Service will increase its manpower at various airports in Canada and strengthen immigration inspections.
Although Canada discourages people from non-essential outbound travel after the coronavirus outbreak, it has turned a deaf ear to it, including some government officials.
Rod Phillips, the chief of finance of Ontario, has recently been criticized for his holiday in the Caribbean Sea, and there are high calls for his resignation. In addition, according to local media surveys in the Caribbean, many Canadians have not cancelled their plans to go to this traditional holiday area because of the epidemic.
In the last three days, Canada has found at least six cases of mutant coronavirus in the UK in four provinces, most of which have recent history of traveling abroad.