Ontario stops providing information about COVID-infected flights

The dramatic post-summer dip of COVID-19 infected flights reported by Health Canada isn’t due to improved pandemic measures. On the heels of record-breaking August that saw 783 international flights land at Canadian airports carrying passengers infected with COVID-19, a disclaimer on Health Canada’s COVID-19 passenger infection information website cautions that Ontario, Alberta, and Quebec no longer submit regular infected flight updates. “As of Aug. 25, Alberta Health Services only collects travel/flight information on cases with severe outcomes (hospitalization or death) and PHAC receives limited notifications from Ontario (since Sept. 9) and Quebec (since Sept. 10),” said the note. Records show 337 flights with infected passengers landed at Pearson in August, compared to 307 in Montreal and 48 in Calgary. A spokesperson with Public Health Ontario told the Toronto Sun the evolving state of the pandemic prompted Queen’s Park to stop providing regular updates to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC.) […] “Available evidence suggests that the likelihood of passenger-to-passenger transmission aboard aircraft appears to be very low.”

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