Canada's top public health doctor says the federal government is looking into flights arriving from India amid reports that a massive surge of COVID-19 cases is ravaging that country.
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says Ottawa has generally opted for measures that are not country-specific, such as a pre-boarding test for COVID-19, tests on arrival and government-mandated quarantine.
But she says India could be a special case due to a "variant of interest" there that may be fuelling a massive outbreak of COVID-19.
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India recorded nearly 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday alone, with 2,000 more deaths linked to the virus.
According to the federal government, there have been 35 flights from India with at least one case of COVID-19 that have arrived in Canada in the last two weeks.
Ontario's government, for one, is "pleading" with Ottawa to ban travel from India and other hot-spot countries.
The provincial government says cases of COVID-19 are pouring in through international borders.
House leader Paul Calandra told question period that it's critical that the federal Liberals act now to prevent more variants from infiltrating Canada.