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Passengers returning to Canada from Italy not screened for COVID-19

“Except for the paper that they passed out, nothing,” said one passenger about the screening measures upon arrival.

Passengers returning on the last Air Canada flight from Rome say that they were not screened for COVID-19 upon arriving in Canada.

According to a CityNews report, the travellers were not asked any questions about potential symptoms at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport but instead were handed a sheet of paper with information on the coronavirus. 

“Except for the paper that they passed out, nothing,” said one passenger about the screening measures upon arrival. 

Air Canada announced on Tuesday that it would suspend all flights between Canada and Italy due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Italy has seen cases of COVID-19 skyrocket in the past few weeks and the Italian government has put the entire nation on lockdown. 

Over 15,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 and over 1,000 people have died from the virus. 

Cases have been steadily rising in Canada since the virus first broke out. Currently, there have been 138 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a majority of which are in Ontario and British Columbia. 

According to Health Minister Patty Hajdu anywhere between 30% to 70% of Canadians can expect to contract the virus in the near future. 

While US President Donald Trump has completely suspended flights from the European Union, the Canadian government has not imposed any travel restrictions on Italy or other countries. 

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