Canada Introduces Additional Measures To Address COVID-19 Omicron Variant
The Health Department of South Africa has detected and confirmed a new variant of Covid-19 in their country. The variant (B.1.1.529) is named Omicron by WHO(World Health Organization) and is slowly spreading to other countries. Even though the new variant is not detected in Canada, the government has imposed restrictions on international travel until January 31st, 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has put measures at the borders to reduce the transmission of Covid and the other variants into the country. Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, announced additional border measures to address the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Additional Measures To Address COVID-19 Omicron Variant
From November 30th, 2021, the Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address Omicron, the growing new variant of COVID-19. The official statement has been released to prohibit international flights and passengers from other countries. People who have been to these countries for the past 14 days will not enter Canada.
- South Africa
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and people with status under the Indian Act, regardless of their vaccination status or having had a previous history of testing positive for COVID-19, who have been in any of these 10 countries in the previous 14 days, will be subject to enhanced pre-entry and arrival testing, screening, and quarantine measures.
Border testing surveillance is available to reduce the further spread on Omicron, and all the immigrants except the USA are subjected to testing on arrival. Passengers who are fully vaccinated must be in quarantine until the test results are given. Unvaccinated travelers must be in quarantine with tests on arrival, on the 8th day, and 14th day of quarantine schedule. Passengers arriving by air can stay in a suitable or designated quarantine facility until they await their testing results.
While many precautions and the monitoring systems are working well, Omicron Variant has entered Canada. On-time vaccination and simple public health measures are the only measures that can help people from transmitting the new COVID-19 variant. Wearing masks, using sanitizers, and wearing gloves can help the public be safe from the new COVID-19 variant. Protech Safety Supply is the supplier of masks and sanitizers all over Canada and North America. Contact us for more details.