Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


Ontario calls for mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers at land borders

Premier Ford demands closure of Mississauga's Pearson Airport, fears vaccine resistant variant is inevitable Ford asks to suspend arrival of international students, Trudeau says
Melba Vasquez | 01 May, 2021, 01:35

Ontario is seeking to suspend the arrival of global students in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Trudeau said Ottawa will "work narrowly" with Ontario on its request to suspend the arrival of global students by helping the province revise the list of institutions that border officials use to allow worldwide students smooth entry into the country.

Trudeau says he's not considering barring global students from entering Canada at this point, but he's willing to work "more narrowly" with Ontario.

Ford has repeatedly blamed the COVID-19 pandemic's third wave on "porous borders", including in a news conference on Friday.

He asked Ottawa to implement mandatory hotel quarantine at the land border.

"We also know that at the borders there are a series of tests, there is a mandatory enforced two-week quarantine that has been effective in controlling the importation of cases", the prime minister said.

These measures don't apply to travellers coming into Canada by land over the US border. They claim that includes dozens of individuals who crossed between April 24 and April 26, after travelling from countries where direct flights to Canada are now banned.

He called for a mandatory 14-day supervised hotel quarantine instead of the current three-day hotel stay for only air passengers.

The premier has been in self-isolation after coming into close contact last week with a staffer who tested positive for COVID-19. These travellers are also required to undergo another COVID-19 test eight days after crossing the land border. Trudeau said the spread of the virus comes through community transmission, not the airport.

More than 150.3 million cases have been declared since the virus was first discovered in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data - with numbers soaring recently due to a relentless second wave in India, where 2.5 million cases have been detected in the past seven days.

On April 16, 2021 Ontario Premier Doug Ford presented a graph showing that COVID-19 cases could increase to 10,000 a day.

"I would close Pearson International Airport if I had the power."

Ford vowed not to "let this issue go because too much is at stake". He's demanding the federal government take stricter border control measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 variants of concern in Canada.

Quebec reported 1,041 new COVID-19 cases Friday and 13 more deaths.

"We want to double up with the federal government's doing, we're filling the gap and the totals up to $4,600 and I think that's fair for a lot of people to get them over the hump".

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