Godlove Kamwa, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative
Analyzes of more than 25,000 samples taken during tests in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia did not reveal the presence of this variant of SARS-CoV-2 discovered in the UK, according to Canadian public health authorities.
“We will continue our efforts to sequencing high probability samples, for example samples from travelers returning to the country in the past two weeks,” said Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam in press conference.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair reassured Canadians about the measures taken at the borders to identify and track travelers who have stayed in the UK in the past 14 days. He added that those who arrived on Sunday had been subject to extensive checks due to the new variant of the coronavirus.
More than 98% of COVID-19 cases in Canada are from community transmissions and not overseas travel according to Mr Blair who did not provide further details on the suspension of flights from the UK . The measure came into effect on Monday, for 72 hours.
“The decision to close the borders illustrates how quickly things can change with COVID,” said health colleague Patty Hadju. Authorities have stepped up calls for compliance with health rules, warning Canadians of a new wave of infections in the next two months.
COVID-19: 76 new cases and five deaths in Mauricie / Center-du-Québec
In the last day, 76 new cases were reported in the region. This increase represents 35 additional cases for Mauricie and 41 for Center-du-Québec.
However, there are five deaths, two in CHSLDs, two in community housing resources and one at home.
The number of people recovered is 73.
An increase is observed in hospitalizations. There are now 43 people hospitalized, an increase of 2 hospitalizations compared to yesterday. The intensive care sector remained stable with 10 people hospitalized.