Canada issued a warning to Canadians on Wednesday to cancel journeys overseas as transmission of the omicron coronavirus variant spreads quickly worldwide.
“To those who were planning to travel [internationally] I say very clearly — now is not the time to travel,” federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos stated at a press convention carried stay on Canadian information web sites. “The rapid spread of the omicron variant on a global scale makes us fear the worse.”
Duclos stated Canadians who do travel internationally might discover themselves trapped abroad with no means out if the virus causes governments to enact extra lockdowns.
“The situation abroad is already dire in many places and it’s going to get worse very quickly, so we’re afraid for what could happen to them if they leave Canada,” he stated.
He added that the federal government will enhance obligatory arrival testing at Canadian airports.
Before the press convention, it was bandied about that Canada would reintroduce arrival testing for Americans as properly, however Wednesday’s announcement stopped in need of that. However, it might occur sooner or later, stated Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.
“When we feel we need to change our policies, we’ll announce it as quickly as possible,” he stated on the joint press convention. “For now, we’re monitoring it.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to reporters a number of hours earlier than the press convention and stated Canadians should train warning for the Christmas holidays.
“Canadians have been attentive [to COVID-19] for months and months,” he stated. “We’ve seen that people know how to do the right thing. They’re going to have to be vigilant and make careful decisions about Christmas.”
As of Wednesday, the omicron variant was confirmed in 60 international locations, together with Canada, and 30 US states.