Canada to require Covid negative test for people entering country

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The Canadian authorities mentioned Wednesday that passengers should have a negative Covid-19 test taken inside three days earlier than they arrive within the country.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc mentioned the measure shall be carried out within the subsequent few days.

Canada already requires these entering the country to self-isolate for 14 days and it has already banned all flights from the United Kingdom due to the brand new variant of Covid-19 spreading there.

The determination got here a day after the premier of Canada’s largest province mentioned he had ordered his finance minister to finish a Caribbean trip, saying he’s “extremely disappointed” the official went overseas at a time the federal government is urging people to keep away from nonessential journey due to the pandemic.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford mentioned it was “completely unacceptable” that Finance Minister Rod Phillips went to the French island of St. Barts for the vacations. A supply accustomed to his journey mentioned Phillips flew business on Dec. 13 from Toronto to Antigua after which on to St. Barts, a well-liked trip spot for the wealthy and well-known over the Christmas holidays. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as they weren’t approved to communicate publicly about his journey.

The finance minister’s Twitter account had recommended that he was in Ontario whereas he has been in St. Barts.

Phillips additionally travelled to Switzerland in August.

“Some Canadians are still travelling for nonessential reasons. This is deeply concerning. We must reiterate that now is not the time to travel,” Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public well being officer, mentioned Wednesday.

Ontario started a provincewide lockdown on Dec. 26 and Ford has been blaming vacationers for bringing the brand new coronavirus to the province.

Canada’s nationwide authorities and the Ontario authorities have each repeatedly requested Canadians not to journey overseas in the course of the pandemic.

The Ford authorities already was being criticized for halting vaccination operations over the vacations and for delaying a provincewide lockdown till the day after Christmas.

Ontario set a brand new each day document for instances on Wednesday with 2,923, with simply over one-third of them within the country’s largest metropolis of Toronto.

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