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New COVID-19 strain: Canada suspends UK flights for 72hours

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Canadian Government has suspended flights from United Kingdom (UK) for 72hours over the new variant of COVID-19 identified in the country, also decision to implement new border restrictions in order to keep Canadians and people right across the country safe.

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau disclosed this on Monday, while convened a meeting of the Incident Response Group to discuss the new variant of the deadly virus, passengers who arrived earlier are subjected to secondary screening and enhanced measures.

The Government of Canada is closely monitoring the genetic variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 identified in the United Kingdom and is working with international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), to better understand this variant and its impacts. 

Genetic variation of the virus is expected, previously observed in parts of the world this year, while early data suggest that United Kingdom variant may be more transmissible, to date there is no evidence that the mutations have any impact on symptom severity, antibody response or vaccine efficacy.

Given the high number of cases of a variant COVID-19 virus observed in some areas in the United Kingdom, the decision has been made to suspend entry into Canada of all commercial and private passenger flights from the United Kingdom for 72 hours, effective midnight tonight.

Canada has had robust travel restrictions and border measures in place since March 2020, including mandatory quarantine measures, which require travellers to quarantine or isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada, as those measures remain in place.






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