Canada shuts doors to Caribbean over Covid

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However, in line with the new regulations, these passengers will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test on arrival and must spend three days in a hotel quarantine on arrival into Canada at their own expense.

Following Trudeau's press conference, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair hinted that the US may stop all non-essential travel by air from Canada.

Some of Canada's largest airlines - Air Canada, WestJet Airlines, Air Transat, and Sunwing - have agreed to temporarily suspend flights to Mexican and Caribbean destinations in response to the country's ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Arrangements will be made to help Canadians now vacationing down south to get home.

And, the negative COVID-19 test required to board a flight to Canada, a rule implemented on January 7, will now also be extended to those crossing into the country by land.

Trudeau said that he expected it to cost about $2,000 a person.

- while they await the results of the test, they'll have to stay at a government-approved hotel at their own cost for three nights while awaiting their results.

"Of course if there's a negative result after two days, travelers will be able to return home", Trudeau said, adding they will still have to wait out the mandatory 14-day quarantine required of global travelers returning to Canada.

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Trudeau says he also had another call with Pfizer C-E-O Albert Bourla, who said that Canada will still receive its promised four-million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of March.

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole faulted the Liberals for failing to bring vaccines, rapid testing, and therapeutics into widespread use.

While supply issues are largely out of Canada's hands, as it does not have domestic manufacturing capacity and is importing from Europe, Canadians appear to be souring on the country's handling of the vaccine rollout.

As of Friday, the country recorded more than 769,000 cases of coronavirus and 19,000 deaths.

Tam said a recent decline in cases brings the average daily count to nearly 4,900 over the last seven days, but the number of severe cases remained high, with 855 people in critical care. This is the second instalment of federal funding through the Safe Return to Class Fund.

The new travel rules introduce measures that are already in place in some countries. "But I think the sooner we get on with it, the better", Bernstein, who is also the head of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), said in an interview Friday.

Legault and Ontario Premier Doug Ford have urged Ottawa to impose mandatory testing upon arrival in Canada as well.

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