Canada eyes policy on travel from India in response to massive outbreak

Canada eyes policy on travel from India in response to massive outbreak

Some other countries have already issued travel alerts with India turning into a global hostpot of the pandemic over the past fortnight but the CDC's advisory and the United Kingdom red list could have a more cascading effect.

From 4am BST (British Summer Time) on Friday - 8:30am Indian time - most people who have travelled from India in the last 10 days will be refused entry.

Heathrow Airport told the BBC that it refused airlines' request for extra flights because it was anxious about long lines at passport control.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's World At One programme on Tuesday, Prof Sharon Peacock, head of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it's "because we know it can partially evade immune response either from natural infection or vaccination".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised Americans to avoid all travel to India.

Responding to a question, he said, Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar discussed the issue during a phone call on Monday.

Looking back a little further, eight of 13 global flights with cases on board which have landed in Vancouver since April 11 have been from India.

In late December, the government barred flights arriving from the U.K.in a bid to prevent a contagious variant of COVID-19 that first emerged there from entering this country.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's under consideration in Canada, and travel restrictions are already in place in some countries. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that it will stop nearly one-third of flights coming from India, The Guardian has reported.

Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters on Wednesday that imposing targeted restrictions on travellers coming from countries including India and Brazil, with high variant spread, "can only go so far" and that Canada has been focused on more "broad" application of rules.

The announcement by the Ministry of Health came as the entry approvals for non-Singapore citizens and non-permanent residents are being reduced with immediate effect.

The Khaleej Times daily quoted notices sent by UAE-based airlines to trade partners.

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