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Canada/Canadian-Media: Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Dec 22 during a press briefing that increased steps are being taken by Canada to screen travelers from the United Kingdom, and from other countries over coronavirus concerns.
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“Enhanced screening has been put in place at all Canadian airports at all points of entrance for travelers who may be arriving from the UK indirectly,” Blair said during press briefing.
Around 40 countries have banned travel to and from the United Kingdom in recent days over the discovery of a new, potentially more transmissible strain of the coronavirus concentrated in capital city London and England’s south east.
Identification of a new strain of coronavirus as VUI-202012/01 a week ago, believed to be more easily transmitted than previously identified strains was found in roughly 1,000 individuals in southeast England, said UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
All the travelers who have been in the UK in the past 14 days are being referred to Public Health Agency of Canada at both land and airports of entry, said Blair.
Border to all flights from the UK had recently been closed by Canada, which has also been advised by Bill to take enhanced measures to screen all international travelers entering Canada.