‘Now is not the time to travel,’ Canada warns against trips abroad

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OTTAWA – The federal government is now warning Canadians against all non-essential international travel in the face of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“To those who were planning to travel I say very clearly, now is not the time to travel,” Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Wednesday at a news conference in Ottawa.

“The rapid spread of the Omicron variant on a global scale makes us fear the worst for Canadians that may think of travelling.”

Duclos said the highly transmissible variant is now spreading in Canadian communities, and just about everywhere else in the world. He said that people who leave the country risk spreading the virus, and getting stranded abroad.


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