Canada asks its citizens to value non-essential travel due to the Omicron variant

The government of Canada asked the population avoiding non-essential travel abroad during the Christmas holidays because of the new variant of the Omicron coronavirus, which “makes one fear the worst” due to its rapid spread.

“Officially, our government is advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos told a news conference.

“Now is not the time to travel. The rapid spread of the Covid variant on a global scale makes us fear the worst,” he noted.

The travel recommendation will be reassessed within four weeks, but public health restrictions may be imposed in the meantime if the pandemic situation worsens, officials said at the conference.

The federal government proposed closing borders in an emergency meeting with provincial leaders on Tuesday night, but the measure was flatly rejected, a government source told AFP.

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that cases related to the Omicron variant were multiplying rapidly, calling for swift action by countries to try to stop its spread.

As of Wednesday, there are 40,000 active cases of Covid in Canada, and at least 4,500 new infections reported by health authorities.

Leave a Comment