Three-quarters of people who arrived in Canada during the pandemic have been exempted from the 14-day quarantine.
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That’s what figures the Canada Border Services Agency provided to Global News reveal.
Obviously, most of these people are truck drivers or even essential workers who, for one reason or another, have to cross the border as part of their occupation.
Still, epidemiologist Colin Furness expressed fears, especially because some visitors, including wealthy entrepreneurs, have also obtained the right not to submit to quarantine.
“The border is not closed,” he lamented on Global.
Of the 8.6 million people who have entered Canada by land or by plane since the start of the pandemic, 74% have not had to follow the rules issued by the federal government.
Since the border between the United States and Canada closed, 92% of those who crossed it have not needed to self-isolate for 14 days. The vast majority of these are workers in the freight transport sector.
In contrast, quarantine applied to 91% of people who arrived by air.