Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Amid surging cases and 'double mutant' variant, flights from India touch down in Canada

Flights from Delhi continue to land in Canada despite India’s daily tally of COVID-19 infections surging to a record over the weekend — and amid the emergence of a new “double mutant” variant in the country. 

A federal government website that lists flights where someone has been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19shows that from April 4 to April 16, there were 120 flights with a COVID-positive passenger or passengers.

India banned international flights last month, but Canada is one of 13 nations exempted through an “air bridge” arrangement between the two governments. 

When asked whether Canada was considering banning flights from India on Wednesday, federal minister of health Patty Hajdu said that the challenge with country-by-country approaches is that “COVID spreads in ways that we can see and ways that we can’t.”

On Friday, the U.K. government is to add India to its travel ban list. The ban is necessary to “protect the progress we’ve made in this country in tackling this awful disease,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday.

19/01/21 Emma Sandri/Northern News

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