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    Premier Doug Ford is asking the federal government to ban all flights and passengers from countries that are linked to a newly discovered variant from Africa. Ford released his statement on Friday in response to the B.1.1.529 variant being detected in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. 

    Ford said “I was just briefed by Dr.Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, about the new variant that’s been found in several countries in Africa that early reports suggest could be vaccine resistant. I have contacted the federal government to express my extreme concern about the risks it poses and the need for immediate action today,”

    He further explained that “anyone arriving before the ban is implemented should be tested and quarantined, including the many passengers arriving today. Out of an abundance of caution, we must also reintroduce point-of-arrival testing for all passengers arriving in Canada, regardless of where they’re coming from,” 

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