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Toronto/Canadian-Media: Up to three medical assistance teams would be deployed by the Canadian Armed Forces to pandemic-stressed Ontario hospitals to help support critical health care facilities due to surging COVID-19 caseload, the Liberal government announced Monday.
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Three dozen or more would be deployed by the troops and will include nurses and technicians who will help respond to the rising critical care caseload, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area. The military also will help to co-ordinate health logistics.
Public Safety Department said in a statement that starting today, the air force will also begin flying in extra medical staff offered to Ontario by other provinces to help ease the crisis. A relief flight with medical personnel from Newfoundland will arrive today.
Only a few days after turning down an offer by the federal government to send in extra personnel, it was on Friday that Ontario made the formal request for help from the military.
During the first wave, last year, nurses, medical technicians and ordinary soldiers spent months caring for elderly patients in 54 nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec when fifty-five members of the military contracted COVID-19 according to testimony heard by a parliamentary committee last fall. All of the soldiers recovered and none required hospitalization.
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Canada/Canadian-Media: Omar Alghabra, Canada's Transport Minister said Thursday night at a virtual press conference that all commercial and private passenger flights from both India and Pakistan would be barred for 30 days as of 11:30 P.M. Thursday due to the escalation in COVID-19 case counts in India and Pakistan.
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Ottawa started seeing an alarming increase on positive tests being linked back to travelers from both these countries, said Alghabra and added that it was mandatory for all air passengers from India or Pakistan arriving in Canada via a third country to produce a negative result on a COVID-19 test taken at their last point of departure before entering Canada.
"As we've seen with our third wave, the COVID-19 pandemic can change rapidly," said Alghabra. "New variants can spread even faster than before and our health system is feeling even more pressure than ever before."
In a news conference on Thursday, Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu said that an increasing number of travelers on flights arriving from India and Pakistan have been testing positive in recent days and added that India made up 50 percent of all positive tests, with a similarly high number for travelers from Pakistan and added,
"By eliminating direct travel from these countries, public health experts will have the time to evaluate the ongoing epidemiology of that region and to reassess the situation as the region works to reduce transmission and protect its people," said Patty Hajdu.
Cargo flights carrying shipments of essential supplies, such as vaccines and personal protective equipment, were, however, permitted to maintain a regular supply of these.