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Canada/Canadian-Media: Not heeding the government advice to stay home even during the worsening of the COVID 19 crisis, thousands of Canadians are boarding international flights to sunny destinations, media reports said.
Canadians on International flights. Image credit: Unsplash
More than 1,500 flights between Canada and 18 popular vacation destinations since Oct. 1 have been operated by Canadian air carriers in spite of the repeated warnings by federal government to avoid all "non-essential travel" outside the country.
"I try not to judge people. Everyone's got their reasons," he said. "Maybe they need, you know, some kind of stress relief," said Raywat Deonandan, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, CBC News reported.
Last week a new requirement was imposed by Canada asking all inbound travelers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
Those tests are not 100 percent reliable, say the experts and that people should not assume their exposure abroad is uncontrollable.
"You cannot control who is in the airplane with you. You can't control the nature and the environment of the airport when you arrive. You can't control the hygienic quality of the taxi that you take from the airport to your destination," said Deonandan, who implored Canadians to think of the common good before travelling abroad.
"It is a steep, steep gamble that I don't think is worth taking," he said.