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Canadians urged to not journey overseas over Omicron

Canadians urged not to travel abroad over Omicron
The Canadian authorities on Wednesday urged residents to keep away from overseas journey over the Christmas holidays, saying the Omicron variant of Covid “makes us worry the worst,” together with hovering infections and journey disruptions.

The journey advisory might be re-evaluated in 4 weeks, however public well being restrictions might be imposed within the interim if the pandemic scenario worsens, officers informed a information convention.

“Our authorities is formally advising Canadians to keep away from non-essential journey exterior Canada,” Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos informed a information convention.

“Those that are planning to journey, I say very clearly: Now is just not the time to journey. The fast unfold of the Covid variant on the worldwide scale makes us worry the worst,” he stated.

“Travelling Canadians might contract the virus or get stranded overseas.”

At an emergency assembly late Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had proposed closing the border, however the measure was roundly rejected by provincial leaders, a supply informed AFP.

Duclos stated Covid testing of travellers at Canadian airports can be elevated and different public well being measures can be rolled out within the coming days.

“There will definitely be different public well being measures (coming), as a result of the scenario will proceed to evolve,” Duclos stated.

“The epidemiological scenario is altering quickly. The knowledge at present obtainable suggests a major resurgence of infections, even with out considering the brand new Omicron variant,” he stated.

Earlier, Trudeau informed reporters that Canadians ought to “take cautious selections with regard to Christmas festivities.”

Final 12 months round this time, all arriving travellers to Canada have been required to quarantine for 14 days.

The World Well being Group warned Tuesday that Omicron variant instances have been multiplying at breakneck speeds and urged fast actions by nations to attempt to sluggish its unfold.

As of Wednesday, there have been 40,000 lively Covid instances in Canada, and not less than 4,500 new infections reported by public well being authorities.