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  • Over the past week, countries around the world, including Canada, have imposed mandatory COVID-19 testing on flights arriving from China due to concerns about mutations, despite health care experts’ opinions that this will not reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Meanwhile within China, they’re downplaying concerns about the current outbreak, pushing back against travel restrictions – despite long imposing its own testing requirements on arrivals from abroad – and vowing a “final victory” against COVID-19.
  • As of Tuesday, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control has found five cases of the XBB.1.5 subvariant of Omicron, while health ministries in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario were not able to say Tuesday whether their testing regimes have recorded it. “It’s not increasing rapidly here but it is one of the subvariants that we know can take off, particularly areas where you have lower vaccination rates,” said B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry.

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Zain Chagla: Why are we still talking about travel restrictions for COVID-19?

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The president of the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, whose organization issued a court challenge against public-health orders, says he is shocked by his arrest for attempted intimidation of a judge, more than a year after he apologized for hiring a private investigator to conduct surveillance of Manitoba’s Chief Justice.

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