COVID-infected international flights on the rise

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Over 161 flights landed at Canadian airports so far this month carrying infected passengers

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The number of planes landing at Canada’s airports with COVID-19 infected passengers is on the rise.

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Health Canada reported that as of July 20, 161 flights landed carrying passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 so far this month. That’s compared to 111 recorded during the first 20 days of June, and 78 from May 1-20.

Mexican airports are Canada’s largest source of COVID-infected flights aside from the U.S. this month with 14 reported departing from Mexico City and Cancun.

That was followed by Amsterdam and Istanbul with 13, Paris and Doha, Qatar, with 12, London with eight, Casablanca with seven, and the United Arab Emirates with six.

Airports in Cuba saw five departures, three each from Frankfurt, Warsaw, Panama, Pakistan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and two flights each from Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.

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Direct passenger flights from India have been banned from Canadian airports since April 22. wit Those from India arriving via indirect flights must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test at their last port of entry before departing for Canada.

Health Canada doesn’t make public the number of infected passengers on each flight, providing only a range within two or three rows of where infected passengers supposedly sat.

As well, Health Canada’s data only relates to the city and airport each flight originated from; no information is available on individual cases, their nationality or when they began their journeys.

Of the four Canadian airports permitted to accept international flights, Toronto currently sits at 74 as of July 20, followed by Montreal with 46, and 20 each from Vancouver and Calgary.

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International flights with COVID-19 infected passengers, as of July 20

  • USA, all cities: 37
  • Mexico City and Cancun, Mexico: 14
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 13
  • Istanbul, Turkey: 13
  • Paris, France: 12
  • Doha, Qatar: 12
  • London, U.K.: 8
  • Casablanca, Morocco: 7
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE: 6
  • Cayo Coco and Varadero, Cuba: 5
  • Frankfurt, Germany: 3
  • Panama City, Panama: 3
  • Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan: 3
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 3
  • Warsaw, Poland: 3
  • Manila, Philippines: 2
  • Seoul, South Korea: 2
  • Tokyo, Japan: 2
  • Tunis, Tunisia: 2
  • Cairo, Egypt: 2
  • Brussels, Belgium: 1
  • Bogota, Columbia: 1
  • Kingston, Jamaica: 1

Source: Health Canada

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