The Canadian government suspended all the passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days to tackle the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government took this step as right-leaning politicians complained that to combat the third wave of Covid, Ottawa had not done enough. The ban takes effect from 11.30 pm and does not affect cargo flights.
On Thursday, India recorded the highest daily tally of the world with 314,835 COVID-19 infections in a single day. The health minister of Canada, Patty Hajdu said that out of all international arrivals, 20% of them are Indian citizens while more than 50% of them tested positive as Canadian airport officials conducted tests.
She said, “By eliminating direct travel from these countries, public health experts will have the time to evaluate the ongoing epidemiology of that region and to reassess the situation.”
Earlier on Thursday, the most populous province of Canada, the conservative premiers of Ontario wrote to Trudeau urging him to crack down on international travel.
The Canadian transport minister said that if required, Canada would not hesitate to disbar flights from other countries.
Earlier Britain added India to its “red-list” of countries from where most international travel is banned due to the high Covid-19 surge.
Also France imposed a 10-day quarantine on the passengers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, India and South Africa. All flights from India have been suspended by the United Arab Emirates.