TORONTO (AP)-The Canadian government said on Wednesday that travelers must be tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of arriving in the country.
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc (Dominic LeBlanc) said that the measure will be implemented in the next few days.
Canada has required people entering the country to self-quarantine for 14 days, and because a new variant of COVID-19 is spreading in the country, it has banned all flights from the UK.
The day before this decision, the governor of Canada’s largest province stated that he had ordered his finance minister to end his vacation in the Caribbean, when the government urged people to avoid unnecessary travel due to the pandemic.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said on Wednesday that it was “unacceptable”
Ford said: “When he returns, we will have a very difficult conversation.” “There are no rules for elected and non-elected people.”
Ford stated that Phillips “never told anyone” that he was leaving, but Ford said that he knew that Phillips “went abroad shortly after he arrived.”
“My fault. I take full responsibility. At that time, I should have said “Bring your back to Ontario”, but I didn’t do that,” Ford said.
The Secretary of the Treasury’s Twitter account implies that he was in St. Bart when he was in Ontario. In a video posted on Christmas Eve, he is shown sitting by the fireplace, where there is a gingerbread house and a small Christmas tree, and drinking eggnog.
Phillips said he will return immediately.
The opposition party demanded that Phillips be withdrawn from the cabinet.
Phillips also traveled to Switzerland in August.
“Some Canadians are still traveling for unnecessary reasons. This is of deep concern. We must reiterate that this is not the time to travel,” Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo said on Wednesday.
Ontario began a provincial lockdown on December 26, and Ford has been accusing travelers of bringing the new coronavirus into the province.
Both the National Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have repeatedly asked Canadians not to travel abroad during the pandemic.
The Ford government has been criticized for stopping vaccination during the holidays and postponing the province-wide blockade until the day after Christmas.
Ontario set a new daily record on Wednesday, with 2,923 cases, more than a third of which were in Toronto, the country’s largest city.