FG Urges People To Avoid Travel Amid Omicron Variant Surging Cases—Canadian Health Minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, has urged Canadians with plans to travel abroad to cancel their trips as the Omicron variant spreads.
Duclos said at a press conference that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant on a global scale makes the fear worst.
“To those who were planning to travel, I say very clearly now is not the time to travel.’’
Canada has reported 276 Omicron cases as of Wednesday.
The minister said that introducing a new advisory so close to Christmas is a drastic move.
“It is because the Omicron situation is changing quickly.
“The situation abroad is already dire in many places and it’s going to get worse very quickly.’’
The country reported 5,807 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday evening, raising the cumulative total to 1,851,057 with 29,994 deaths.
Quebec, with a population of 8.4 million, reported 2,386 new cases on Wednesday, the highest number since January when the province was in the middle of a brutal second wave.
Ontario, with a population of 14 million, confirmed 1,808 new cases, the highest since May