TORONTO – The number of COVID-19-infected airline passengers who have landed on Canadian soil this month is already on track to surpass last month’s total.
In the first week of August, 137 international flights landed in Canada carrying passengers who tested positive for COVID-19.
In July, there were over 400 COVID-positive flights, according to Postmedia.
The Toronto Sun reported most of the 435 flights (133) arrived from the U.S., with Los Angeles leading by Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, and Chicago.
Amsterdam topped the infection rate for overseas planes at 31, but double-digit numbers were from Paris, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Mexico City, and London.
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The bulk of the infected passengers landed in Toronto and Montreal.
“It’s very surprising because before you board the flight you have to do the test right? And you have to be negative to board,” said one flyer arriving in Toronto from Israel.
Since the beginning of the year, anyone flying into Canada has been required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to board a plane.
It’s unclear how many infected passengers were vaccinated or how many were in quarantine when they got on their flights.
The Public Health Agency of Canada recently issued fines to two passengers arriving in Toronto from the U.S. during the week of July 18 for non-compliance with entry requirements.
“They’re negative when they took the test and then maybe over the day, or whatever it is until they got on the flight they caught it,” theorized another passenger.
Before a ban on flights from India went into effect in April, the highest monthly total of COVID-inflected flights was 287, but Canada is well above that now.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is considering making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for some federally regulated workplaces such as airlines.
The Prime Minister also said that his government is looking at the possible option of making vaccines mandatory for the federal public service and possibly federally regulated industries #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) August 5, 2021
Trudeau says he fully supports that plan and that the government is in discussions with the federal public service about whether there are some categories where vaccination should be made mandatory.