Canada’s government has implemented a temporary travel ban on passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, fearing another wide spread of COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put the travel ban in place after facing criticism for not doing enough to combat the third wave of infection crippling Ottawa. Conservative premiers of Ontario and Quebec wrote Trudeau on Thursday, urging him to limit international travel due to the third wave of COVID-19 cases.
The ban, which began late Thursday night, will not affect cargo flights.
On Thursday, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of COVID-19 infections at 314,835 newly infected patients.
Canadian Health Minister Patty Had said that while Indian citizens account for nearly 20% of all International arrivals, they represent over 50% of all positive tests conducted by Canadian airport officials.
“By eliminating direct travel from these countries, public health experts will have the time to evaluate the ongoing epidemiology of that region and to reassess the situation,” She said in a news conference.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Canada would not hesitate to ban flights from other nations if needed.
In addition to Canada’s travel ban, Britain also said that India would be added to its “red-list” of locations from which most travel is banned due to high numbers of COVID-19 cases. France announced that they will be imposing a 10-day quarantine for travelers visiting from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and India, while the United Arab Emirates has suspended all flights from India.
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