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Canada was warned by officals it couldn’t enforce COVID-19 quarantine for travellers from China

Source: Beatrice Britneff and Amanda Connolly , globalnews.ca, April 8, 2020

Roughly 20,000 passengers were coming into Canada from China every week and attempting to enforce or track a mandatory quarantine was deemed unrealistic.

Federal health officials appear to have warned in early February, as the novel coronavirus spread globally, that Canada did not have the resources to enforce a quarantine order on travellers returning from China’s Hubei province.

Federal, provincial and territorial health departments agreed not to order tens of thousands of travellers arriving in Canada from China to quarantine in February in order to reduce pressure on public health resources, according to a memo addressed to Health Minister Patty Hajdu and signed by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s president and chief public health officer.

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