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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Advisory Panel (CTSEAP) on the effectiveness of Canada's border restrictions recommends the federal government of Canada to end its policy of mandatory three-day quarantine stays in designated facilities for air travelers returning to Canada in favor of people's own quarantine plans.
Image. Panel member Dr. Isaac Bogoch. Image credit: Twitter hanlde
The panel examined the the land and air border measures to screen for COVID-19, and said that besides being expensive for both the government and the travelers, the mandatory three-day quarantine rule is faulty, including Canadians' choice to pay fines of up to $3,000 rather than go to designated quarantine facilities
Apart from the travelers' choice of not opting for designated quarantine facilities resulting in their not following proper quarantine health measures, the report also warns that three days quarantine measure is also inconsistent with the incubation period of COVID-19.
When asked earlier today if it is the right time to abolish the measure of quarantine hotels, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canadians should expect these to be around for some time to come.
"There is a point at which we are going to be able to say [quarantine hotels should be eliminated]. When that point arrives, it will be based on the best advice of scientists, doctors, of epidemiologists," Trudeau said.
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: COVID-clear Canadians would be allowed to travel internationally with the vaccine certificates which would be soon issued to them, said Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu to CBC Radio's The House in an interview airing today.
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"I am meeting on a regular basis with my G7 counterparts and this is an ongoing conversation about how that might look and how we might be able to have some sort of standardized approach to this," Hajdu told host and CBC National Editor Chris Hall.
Speaking to The House this week, Hajdu said that Canada is considering developing a system, or multiple systems, which would work across governments and hinted that Canada is looking at adapting an existing app.
"From our perspective we have a bit of a head start in terms of entry into Canada in that we have ArriveCan, the app that allows for digital proof of testing ... and a variety of other documents that people have to submit to enter Canada," Hajdu told Hall.
ArriveCan app which allows travelers to register the results of COVID-19 tests before and after they arrive in Canada is mandatory for almost all Canadians entering Canada by land or air and allows air travelers to register and book for their three-day stay at a government authorized hotel.
But Brenda McPhail, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's privacy, technology & surveillance project, told CBC News that there is a significant data protection issues involved in vaccine certification documents and added,
"Health information is some of the most sensitive information about us, which means we have to ask critical, very granular questions...and how it travels through a system, from app to airline to border control...Another source of risk is the fact that medical records in Canada are stored at the provincial level. "It's a truism that the more touch points there are for a piece of data, the more at-risk it is," she said.