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Eight more flights with COVID-19 at Pearson Airport as feds double down on flight ban

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Eight more flights with COVID-19 at Pearson Airport as feds double down on flight ban

At least 51 rows across eight flights were recently affected by COVID-19 at Pearson Airport, according to the federal government’s travel data.

Half were within Canada, with three domestic flights departing Pearson and one arriving between May 16 and 20.

Four international flights landed at Pearson from abroad on May 16-18.

Federal officials announced Friday (May 21) that the current ban on flights from India and Pakistan, two hotspot countries, will be extended to June 21 in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants into Canada.

Flights that are considered essential, such as those carrying health personnel and vaccines, will still be allowed entry.

According to the federal government, a row is considered affected if it’s three rows (two rows for business class) behind or in front of a row where a seated person is confirmed to have COVID-19 “during a period when they may have been infectious to others.”

Passengers who were sitting in the affected rows — or all passengers on the flight if rows aren’t specified — are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and contact public health if they start showing symptoms of the virus.

Effective April 22, the federal government has suspended incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for a month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries.

All flight data is listed on the federal government’s website.

Photo courtesy of The Canadian Press

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