Provinces bring restrictions across Canada as Omicron spreads – National

As infections increase across the country, restrictive measures are being reintroduced in a desperate attempt to try to slow the spread of the virus. COVID-19variant of Omicron.

On Tuesday, Canada will require everyone entering the country to have a negative pre-arrival molecular test result for COVID-19, even if the traveler has returned later. when away for less than 72 hours.

In announcing the move on Friday, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos advised Canadians not to travel abroad, warning that if they became ill abroad, they could be stranded and There’s nothing the government can do to help them.

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Public health director Dr Theresa Tam said the number of Omicrons had increased rapidly since last week and she also urged Canadians to adjust their holiday plans.

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Tam also emphasizes that full vaccination and booster shots offer reasonable protection against infection and can provide strong protection against serious illness.

In the face of the growing COVID threat, provincial governments are being forced to respond with measures reminiscent of last year’s difficult holiday season.

Ontario and Quebec, which are currently seeing COVID cases hit a record 4,000 a day, are placing a 50% capacity cap on shops, bars, restaurants, concert halls and other venues while reducing limits on most indoor and outdoor social gatherings.

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Manitoba tightens public health order amid Omicron fear

On Monday, British Columbia will impose new restrictions, limiting the capacity of large venues to 50%, banning amateur sports tournaments over the holidays and canceling New Year’s Eve parties.

Manitoba will introduce similar restrictions on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile in Nova Scotia, where COVID-19 cases hit a record 394 on Friday, chief medical officer Dr Robert Strang said testing and vaccinations are now shifting to the most vulnerable.

Many of those who test positive will have to manage their own cases, he added, without the dedicated support of public health.

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