OTTAWA – Canada is reviewing its vaccine booster strategy, adding new countries to the list of nations subject to federal travel restrictions, and new restrictions on all air travelers arriving from outside Canada with the exception of the US due to concerns Implementing test requirements. On the Omicron version.

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Federal ministers and public health officials made the announcement Tuesday during an update on the latest measures Canada is taking in response to the type of concern.

“All air travelers arriving from outside Canada, other than the United States, will now be required to be tested at the airport in which they are landing in Canada, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Until then they will need to isolate themselves until they get their test results,” said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

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Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt will join seven other African countries—South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini—that the federal government moved to restrict travelers from Friday.

This policy prohibits entry into Canada of all foreign nationals who have traveled to these countries in the past 14 days.

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The federal cabinet discussed the situation around Omicron in a closed cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

There have been six confirmed cases of the worry type in this country so far, with public health officials warning that more cases will be discovered in the coming days.

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Questions have been raised over the past few days about whether Canada should impose further travel restrictions or restrictions from more countries, or broaden its COVID-19 booster shot administration approach in the face of the growing threat.

“Obviously we are watching the situation very closely with Omicron,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on his way to a cabinet meeting. “We may need to do a lot more and we will be watching that very carefully.”

While Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta now As the first provinces to confirm cases of the variant, health officials across the country have begun targeted testing of people traveling from one of the seven southern African countries under existing federal travel restrictions.

Omicron has been linked to a rapid increase in cases in South Africa where vaccination rates are lower than in Canada, and health officials have said it is unclear whether the highly mutated variant B.1.1.1.529 is communicable and serious. how is it possible .

With files from Granthshala News ‘Nicole Bogart and Hannah Jackson’