Toronto (Canada), Nov 26 (EFE) .- Canada announced this Friday that it will prohibit the entry into the country of all foreigners who in the last 14 days have traveled through seven southern African countries due to the appearance of a new variant of the coronavirus dubbed “omicrón”.
The measure was announced today during a press conference by Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, who also said that all Canadians who have traveled through southern Africa will need a negative test before they can board for Canada.
Once in Canada, Canadian travelers will have to stay in an isolation hotel and undergo a new test for the virus. Once they receive a negative result, travelers will have to isolate themselves at home for 10 days.
In addition, travelers already in Canada but who traveled through southern Africa in recent weeks will need to be tested for the virus and isolated at home until they have a negative result.
Canada does not currently have direct flights with the seven southern African countries affected by the measure: South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
The announcement of the restrictions comes at the same time that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared today the new variant of the coronavirus detected in South Africa as a “risk variant” and baptized it with the Greek letter omicrón.
WHO experts pointed out that the new variant appears to be more contagious than the previous ones, although there is still no data to determine if it is more or less resistant to covid-19 vaccines.
So far, the omicron variant has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong (China) and Belgium.
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