Only 640 of the 44,089 travellers that arrived in Canada by air between Feb. 22 and March 15 tested positive for COVID-19.
Only a small percentage of travellers entering Canada since the end of February tested positive for COVID-19.
Health Canada data obtained by the Toronto Sun on Tuesday shows that 640 of the 44,089 travellers who arrived in Canada by air between Feb. 22 and March 15 tested positive for COVID-19.
Since Feb. 22, all travellers entering Canada by either land or air were administered a molecular COVID-19 test upon entry, and a second near the end of their mandatory 14-quarantine period.
The numbers provided by Health Canada are “day-one” tests administered to travellers upon arrival.
The majority of these travellers, said Health Canada Spokesperson Andre Gagnon, were staying at government-authorized hotels when they tested positive and were “redirected to a designated quarantine facility or another suitable location to limit their interaction with other Canadians while they complete their isolation.”