Canada bans foreigners who have traveled in southern Africa

Communities along Minnesota’s northern border are tightly knit with Canada
Canada says it's banning the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled through southern Africa in the last 14 days.
John Enger | MPR News 2019

Canada announced Friday it is banning the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled through southern Africa in the last 14 days after discovery of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus that has stoked world fears and triggered widespread travel bans.

Government ministers also said testing will be mandatory for all Canadians who have travelled to southern Africa in the last 14 days. They will be tested on arrival and must quarantine until they get a negative test result.

Those who have arrived in Canada in the last 14 days were also asked to quarantine and get a COVID-19 test.

There are no direct flights from southern Africa to Canada. Officials said there is no indication of any cases in Canada.

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