No short-term relief: Ottawa remains cautious with the arrival of Christmas

No big deal in the short term: Ottawa remains cautious with the arrival & rsquo; e de No & euml; l

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Federal Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, does not foresee any other major short-term relief in connection with the pandemic and will closely observe its progression during the holidays. & nbsp;

Travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be exempt from PCR testing for stays of less than 72 hours abroad, effective November 30, Minister Duclos said on Saturday.

Gold , it will be the last relief for several weeks, said to the Journal the one who is also member of Quebec. The federal government will play it safe with the arrival of the holiday season.

An upsurge in cases has already been observed in a few provinces of the country, including Quebec and Ontario. & Nbsp;

“Across the border, they have four times as many cases as we do, proportionally. In the UK, it's 10 times more. We cannot afford that [here] ”, explains Jean-Yves Duclos.

Caution and vaccination & nbsp;

According to him, the situation of these countries is precisely linked to a too hasty relaxation of health measures. With the onset of cold weather and family gatherings, more contacts will be made and the risks of spread will increase, he recalls.

This is what was observed in Quebec last year in the weeks surrounding Christmas. The peak of the second wave was reached just after New Year's Day, with 2,867 cases in one day. & Nbsp;

“We're going to have to be careful […] and we encourage everything the world to get vaccinated. There are still five million adult Canadians who are not in the country, ”says the federal Minister of Health. & Nbsp;

For parents who are still reluctant to have their children vaccinated, Mr. Duclos points out that vaccination of this group has already started in the United States and that there have still been no significant side effects reported.

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