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Flights from INDIA top source of international COVID-19 infections: Health Canada


The Indian capital of Delhi continues its weeks-long spot as a top source of international passengers testing positive for COVID-19.

Data from Health Canada shows 28 infected flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport landed in Canada between March 21 and April 1, with all but five touching down in Toronto.

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, was the point of origin for 13 infected flights over the same time period, while 11 came from the United Arab Emirates.

Paris (10 flights) and Istanbul (eight flights) rounded out the top-five destinations.

With the federal government’s Jan. 31 suspension of flights from sunny holiday destinations, the number of flights with infected passengers from Delhi began to grow, reaching as high as 30 between March 4 and March 20.

Canada saw 113 flights carrying passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 between March 21 and April 1.

Health Canada doesn’t track how many infected passengers were on each flight, providing only three-row “ranges” of where COVID-infected passengers sat.

Other sources of infected overseas passengers include five flights from Amsterdam, four each from Pakistan and Jamaica, and three each from Addis Ababa, London, and Brussels.

The United States was the source of twelve infected flights, including two each from Denver and Detroit, and single flights from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

They’re also required to provide recent proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding any Canada-bound flight.

Of the 44,089 international travellers that arrived in Canada by air between Feb. 22 and March 15, 640 tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.