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Canada likely to toughen travel curbs as Omicron concern grows – CBC

According to CBC News, Canada is set to tighten foreign travel restrictions with additional measures to be unveiled on Wednesday in order to curb the spread of the Omicron coronavirus type.

Possible actions, including a ban on all non-essential foreign visitors to Canada, including those from the United States, were considered during a conversation between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and province premiers, but no decision was reached, according to the CBC.

According to the report, the steps might include tougher quarantine and testing for tourists admitted into Canada, including returning Canadians and permanent residents.

Canada has already announced a ban on people who recently travelled to 10 countries in Africa.

Omicron, which health officials say is more contagious than the Delta variant, has started spreading within communities in Canada since being first detected in November.

The CBC said there was widespread agreement between Trudeau and the premiers of Canada’s 10 provinces on the need to dramatically increase the pace of third-dose booster shots.

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