Six-point plan includes mandatory on-arrival testing for worldwide travellers


The Ontario government implemented the measure at Toronto's Pearson International Airport as a stopgap while waiting for a similar federal program announced last week to get off the ground. That's why our government is taking immediate and decisive action, which includes mandatory testing of incoming global travellers and providing additional layers of protection for the people of Ontario, especially our seniors. Evidence shows that the United Kingdom variant could be up to 56 per cent more transmissible.

Ford says the plan includes mandatory on-arrival testing of worldwide travellers.

Per the government's report on Ontario's vaccination program, 339,644 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario.

The mandatory testing order for global travellers will come into effect on Monday at noon at Toronto's Pearson worldwide Airport, and will soon apply to land border crossings between provinces and the Ontario.

Ontario health officials said on Monday there is a total of 69 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant in the province and that 15 were found in Toronto. Friday afternoon he said that original thought was dependent on the strain on Ontario's hospitals with just the known COVID-19 virus.

The unproven statement of claim filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice alleges Roberta Place, a long-term care home in Barrie, Ont., failed to take basic precautionary measures to protect against the novel coronavirus 10 months after the pandemic took hold in Canada.

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Since that time, 51 cases of the variant have been confirmed in the province.

Williams had said previously that Ontario would have to see less than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day to lift the stay-at-home order.

On Saturday, health officials deemed 2,623 more cases of the disease to be resolved, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 240,494.

Public Health Ontario will also beginning testing up to 10 per cent of positive tests using genomic sequencing to identify new and emerging variants, by February 17. The household of contacts and symptomatic individuals will be required to stay home until they have a negative test.

"While variants in viruses do emerge regularly with respect to COVID-19, modeling and declining case rates in other parts of the world suggests strategies that creating (create?) distance and limit interaction are still successful".

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