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Canada/Canadian-Media: New travel measures for travelers entering Canada would be effective from today including in advance booking of government-approved quarantine hotels, taking a COVID-19 test after landing in Canada, and spend up to three days of their 14-day quarantine period in a designated hotel to await their test results, media reports said.
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Air travelers to Canada would not be charged for their post-arrival COVID-19 test, said Public Health Agency of Canada.
With no option to book online, all travelers need to call a dedicated phone line to reserve a room for three nights. Travelers with negative test results can leave immediately and finish the rest of their 14-day quarantine at home. People who test positive will be required to finish their quarantine at a designated government facility.
"Our government has been extremely clear that very few exemptions will be consented to, and they're really related to essential travelers," Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Health said on Friday during a news conference.
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Toronto/Canadian-Media: At a news conference Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that listening to the advise of the local health officials, stay-at-home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures are being extended in Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound until at least March 8 citing COVID-19 rates that "still remain too high" and concerns over variants of the virus.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
"I know we're all tired. I know we have all sacrificed so much. But there is hope on the horizon," he said.
On Thursday Ford said that the province may grant the request made by Toronto and Peel, which logged 376 and 264 more cases of COVID-19 in today's update from the Ministry of Health. York Region reported another 108 cases.
"Our government's number one priority is the safety of all individuals and families, and that's why we are taking a gradual, cautious approach to returning regions to the Framework," said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott in a statement.
"These are difficult but necessary decisions, in order to protect against COVID-19 variants and maintain the progress we have all made together. Until vaccines are widely available, we continue to urge all Ontarians to follow public health advice and measures, and stay home, stay safe, and save lives."