Concerned about the increase in the spread of the Kovid-19 variants, Canada will conduct tests on its land border with the United States starting on Monday (22). The announcement was made by the Canadian government on Saturday (20).
Canada and the United States had already announced, on Friday (19), an extension to 21 March of the closure of their common border for non-essential visits.
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The Canadian Public Health Agency said in a statement, “By February 22, travelers entering Canada across the land border must undergo a test using their collection kit until they are exempt.”
Along with the instructions, the kits will be made available at hundreds of entry points on the ground and tests can be performed at a particular center or quarantine of a passenger, the agency explained.
Detection centers will operate at five of the main border crossings this Monday and from 4 March. 11. There should be another compulsory examination on the 10th day of quarantine of the other 14 days.
Passengers arriving in Canada by plane will undergo a three-day quarantine at a hotel at their expense, pending the results of their tests. If the result is negative, they should remain in quarantine at home for a total of 14 days, and if positive in a public health clinic.
Variants must cause high contamination
Public Health Agency administrator Theresa Tam said on Friday that the variants should reverse the recent downward trend in contamination. He called for “greater vigilance in the application of public health measures”.
According to him, as of 18 February, 704 cases of “new anxiety anxiety” had been detected in Canada – 664 of the version B.1.1.7 discovered in Britain.
According to the latest data released on Saturday in Canada, more than 840,000 cases of Kovid-19 have occurred since the onset of the epidemic and more than 21,000 deaths.