Health Minister dodges questions about banning India flights


Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says she’s confident of this country’s pandemic border protections, even as Canada deals with spikes of infected passengers arriving daily from world hot spots. And Hajdu remained cool to restricting Canada’s numerous daily flights from COVID-wracked India, where a devastating second wave has coincided with a new “double-mutant” variant. “The challenge with country-by-country approaches is COVID spreads in way that we can see, and ways that we can’t,” she responded when asked if Canada is considering banning flights from India. “The safest thing for Canadians is to have a universal approach that requires scrutiny at the border.” So far this month, 33 flights from Delhi carried COVID-positive passengers, according Health Canada.

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