Canada banning flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days as COVID-19 cases soar – National


Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising case COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

In the last two weeks, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board, according to the federal government.

At least 32 of those flights were from India.

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Alghabra addressed the decision in a press conference on Thursday evening.

“The COVID-19 pandemic can change rapidly,” he said on Thursday, citing rising pressure on the Canadian health care system and the “continued spread of variants of concern.”

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“I am suspending all commercial and passenger flights arriving in Canada from India and Pakistan for 30 days.”

The measure goes into effect at 11:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

More to come.




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