‘We support it’: B.C. health officials say stopping India flights will help curb our third-wave


B.C. health officials say they are in support of Canada banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation.

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said Wednesday 40 cases B.C. confirmed 39 cases of the variant, called B.1.617.

Read more:
Canada banning flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days as COVID-19 cases soar

It is being treated as a variant of interest and is being described as a “double mutant” due to a pair of mutations that the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says may confer “immune escape and increased infectivity.”

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.

Story continues below advertisement

At least 32 of those flights were from India.


Click to play video: 'Canada closes its borders to direct flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days amid surge in COVID-19 cases'



Canada closes its borders to direct flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days amid surge in COVID-19 cases


Canada closes its borders to direct flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days amid surge in COVID-19 cases

It is a very difficult time right now in India,” B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday. “And our heart goes out to that country and the families here who have family members and friends and relatives who are going through what is happening in India right now.”

It’s a tragedy globally that we are seeing and India is bearing the brunt of it right now.”

Read more:
Dozens of cases of ‘double mutant’ COVID-19 variant confirmed in B.C.

Dix said they are supportive of the federal government’s move to stop flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.

“We’re struggling with our own third-wave across this country right now. And so anything that we can do that stops further introductions into the country is really, really important.”

Story continues below advertisement


Click to play video: 'B.C.’s top doctor on how COVID-19 variant B.1.617 made it to Canada'



B.C.’s top doctor on how COVID-19 variant B.1.617 made it to Canada


B.C.’s top doctor on how COVID-19 variant B.1.617 made it to Canada

Read more:
India posts world’s highest daily COVID-19 surge with over 314,000 new cases

On Thursday, India reported 314,835 new cases of the coronavirus in only 24 hours, the highest daily increase anywhere in the world.

Hospitals across northern and western India have issued notices to its citizens that they only have a few hours of medical oxygen required to keep COVID patients alive.

More than two-thirds of hospitals had no vacant beds, according to the Delhi government’s online data base and doctors advised patients to stay at home.


Click to play video: 'Canada bans commercial flights from India, Paskistan for 30 days'



Canada bans commercial flights from India, Paskistan for 30 days


Canada bans commercial flights from India, Paskistan for 30 days



© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.





Source link

SHARE ME PLEASE!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Leave a Reply