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Canada to require negative coronavirus test for air travelers entering country


#Canada will require air travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country, officials announced #Wednesday.

#Travelers coming into #Canada by plane will have to get a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours of boarding, which #Intergovernmental #Affairs #Minister #Dominic #LeBlanc said will likely be in place within a week, the #Canadian #Broadcasting #Corporation reported.

#Canada currently mandates that those who enter the country quarantine for 14 days, which #Public #Safety #Minister #Bill #Blair said during a press conference would not be affected by the new restrictions.

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“#This is not an alternative to quarantine,” #Blair said, according to the CBC. “It’s an additional layer.”

#Blair also countered the calls from some to reduce the 14-day quarantine period, saying “at the current time we should only be considering testing as an additional layer of defense against the illness,” according to #Yahoo #News. #He cited the mandate as #Canada’s “most effective line of defense for keeping the illness out of #Canada.”

#Disobedience of the quarantine period could result in up to six months in prison or up to $750,000 in fines.

#Transport #Minister #Marc #Garneau is expected to reveal more details about the test requirement on #Thursday, the network noted. #Blair announced that #Ottawa was exploring instituting testing at land points of entry to the country.

The country has also banned all flights from the U.K. amid the outbreak of a new COVID-19 strain estimated to be more contagious, although #Canada has already confirmed cases of the strain within its borders.

The restrictions will also follow #Ontario #Premier #Doug #Ford’s condemnation of his finance minister’s vacation to the #French island of #St. #Barts over the holidays. #Ford called the trip “unacceptable” as the government is requesting people avoid nonessential travel, The #Associated #Press reported.





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https://thehill.com/policy/international/532170-canada-to-require-negative-coronavirus-test-for-air-travelers-entering

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