Due to a huge surge in Coronavirus cases in the region, Canada Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra on Thursday suspends all passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.
Transport Minister said that the flight ban would start late Thursday. However, all cargo flights from India and Pakistan will continue to operate as per the previous capacity.
“Suspending flights from India and Pakistan to Canada for 30 days will help manage the elevated risk of imported cases of COVID-19 and variants of concern into Canada during a time of increasing pressure on our health care system.” Omar Alghabra said in a tweet.
Suspending flights from India and Pakistan to Canada for 30 days will help manage the elevated risk of imported cases of COVID-19 and variants of concern into Canada during a time of increasing pressure on our health care system. Learn more: https://t.co/h9pt5zyL2L— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) April 22, 2021Advertisement
- Transport Canada has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to suspend all commercial and private passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days, effective 23:30 EDT April 22, 2021.
- The Minister of Transport will amend the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, which means for passengers who depart India or Pakistan to Canada after 23:30 EDT April 22, 2021, via an indirect route, they will need to obtain a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test from a third country before continuing their journey to Canada.
It must be noted that India India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections in the previous 24-hours.
Canada Health Minister Patty Hajdu in a media briefing said that around 50% of coronavirus cases in Canada found in the people who are arriving in Canada by flights from India.
“It makes sense to pause travel from that region while our scientists and researchers better understand the variants of interest,” Hajdu added.
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