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More planes land in Canada from Qatar and Turkey with COVID-19-infected passengers

More planes land in Canada from Qatar and Turkey with COVID-19-infected passengers

Nearly two dozen more flights have landed at major airports in Canadawith passengers infected with COVID-19. According to a recent report of the local CVC News, quoting data of the federal government, more than 55 flights have landed in Canada between Aug. 1 and Aug. 18 that had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in the country.

The vast majority of the flights with COVID-19 passengers have landed in Toronto, but a number of them also touched down in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. The vast majority come from Turkish and Qatari airports.
The number of positive cases from people who traveled abroad has more than doubled in the last two weeks.

Qatar and Turkey are actually causing an increase in Coronaviruspandemic infections in Canada as Qatar Airlines and Turkish Airlineshave returned to operate flights respectively from Doha to Istanbul.Passengers are not notified directly by federal public health authorities to get tested, though the government acknowledges those onboard affected flights may have been exposed to COVID-19.The flight information posted to the government’s website is provided by provincial and territorial health authorities, international health authorities and public website.

Qatar is currently the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, but Doha’s authorities are not disclosing data of the pandemic in the media to avoid consequences from human rights organizations or the international community, given the absence of precautionary measures among the migrant workers.While the Qatari regime is saying that all cases are mild and there is nothing to worry about, the ground reality remains unbearable for migrants stuck in the rich Gulf country.

Many international organizations committed to the defense of human rights, such as Amnesty International, have already warned of the risks of the virus reaching workers’ camps on the outskirts of Doha.The Doha Industrial Area, already infamous for slum conditions and overcrowded camps, is under strict police monitoring and effectively sealed off from the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic.

The area mostly hosts workers building infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, who even before the pandemic faced poor conditions and unsafe workspaces. Amnesty International repeatedly called on Doha to ensure all migrant workers’ right to health is fully protected during the health emergency.

To date, thousands of foreign workers from Nepal, Bangladesh, and India say that nothing has changed, adding that authorities are no longer conducting tests. In particular, to check whether those who previously tested positive has recovered or not.

The same situation in Turkey where the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan struggling with a terrible economic crisis and with numerous military missions abroad and in the Mediterranean, is underestimating the COVID-19 emergency.

So much, that Europe has refused to reopen its skies to Istanbul and Ankara, triggering the anger of President Erdogan.Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may soon decide on a renewed closure of these routes at risk to avoid a second lockdown.

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