Canada announced this Thursday that it will stop requiring Covid-19 negative tests from vaccinated travelers arriving in the country from April 1, although it also warned it could re-impose the measure as the pandemic develops.
Currently, Canadian authorities require a negative result from a PCR test performed 24 hours prior to arrival at the border or the start of the flight to Canada to enter the country, regardless of whether the traveler is vaccinated or not. against the disease.
Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced the measure today at a press conference warning that “all measures” could be reviewed to “adapt to the epidemiological situation” both in Canada and abroad.
Duclos said that from April 1, only travelers who have not completed the COVID-19 vaccination schedule will be required to undergo PCR testing to enter the country.
The minister added that the high vaccination coverage of the Canadian population and adherence to the measures imposed by the health authorities have enabled Canada to overcome the worst wave of infections of the omicron variant and is now in a phase of ” transition”.
The latest figures show that 81.6% of Canada’s population (and 85.5% of people over the age of five) have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The number of hospitalizations for covid-19 across the country now stands at less than 5,000 people. At the height of the microwave wave, more than 10,000 people with the disease were hospitalized.
Canada has registered 4,107 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
A total of 37,063 people have died from the disease in Canada since the start of the pandemic.
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