Tracking Course Of Covid Outbreak In India

Henrietta Strickland
April 22, 2021

With COVID-19 variants spreading like wildfire in countries like India and Brazil, the federal Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to pause global flights from these countries.

"This will buy us time to develop a clear set of parameters for identifying the risks of emerging variants and sharing this information clearly with Canadians", said O'Toole.

India is a concern not only because of the mutation, but also because of a massive resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

Raywat Deonandan, an epidemiologist with the University of Ottawa, said Thursday that a variant of interest is one that is "suspected" to either be more contagious than the initial strain, cause more severe disease, or escape the protection offered by vaccines. As of April 11, a total of 104 million vaccine doses had been administered, the World Health Organization said.

Prof Peacock also said on Tuesday it's unclear if the variant is the key factor behind India's huge wave of infections. The effort to test and vaccinate residents is floundering, and bodies are piling up at morgues and crematoriums.

The provincial government says cases of COVID-19 are pouring in through worldwide borders.

While B.C. has announced restrictions on non-essential travel within the province, and said it plans to put signs at the Alberta border asking people to stay home, there have been no restrictions placed on air travel in B.C.

Some other countries have already issued travel alerts with India turning into a global hostpot of the pandemic over the past fortnight but the CDC's advisory and the United Kingdom red list could have a more cascading effect.

Canada has limited travel from some countries over the course of the pandemic.

According to experts, the new variants are the reason behind the surge in COVID cases globally.

"Canadians deserve to know where COVID-19 is spreading, how emerging variants are changing transmission, and what vaccination levels are - both here and overseas", O'Toole continued.

Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters on Wednesday that imposing targeted restrictions on travellers coming from countries including India and Brazil, with high variant spread, "can only go so far" and that Canada has been focused on more "broad" application of rules.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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