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Globe says Air Canada hears travel puts us all at risk

2020-12-23 08:58 ET - In the News

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The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that the federal government is warning Canadians to not travel internationally, pointing to the recent ban on travel from Britain as a reminder of how quickly rules can change. The Globe's Marieke Walsh and Jaren Kerr write that as airlines reported an uptick in travel over the holidays, the federal government is on the defensive, arguing that its border measures are working. At a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the low rate of COVID-19 cases linked to international travel -- less than 2 per cent nationally -- show Canada's rules, such as the 14-day quarantine for returning non-essential travellers, are effective. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said that does not mean now is the time to let up, a point she said is underscored by a new COVID-19 variant in Britain. Ms. Hajdu said that Canadians risk being stranded abroad and bringing new virus variants to Canada. "Please don't plan to travel internationally if it's not for essential purposes," Ms. Hajdu said. Allison McGeer, a member of the federal COVID-19 immunity task force, said travel is what the disease thrives on and what will increase the spread of new variants.

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