The Province is now not reporting all COVID-19 flights at Pearson Airport in Mississauga
Published September 30, 2021 at 2:10 am
Those who keep tabs on the number of flights coming into Mississauga’s Pearson Airport with confirmed COVID-19 cases may have noticed considerably less flights being reported.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), which posts frequent updates on all flights arriving or departing Canada with COVID-19 cases, says it has started to receive limited notifications from Ontario since September 9, 2021.
That means not all COVID-19 flights at Pearson Airport (or Ontario’s other airports) will be reported going forward.
Ontario isn’t the only province to start reporting less flights to PHAC — Quebec followed suit soon after on September 10, while Alberta Health Services only collects travel/flight information on cases with “severe outcomes” since August 2021.
Insauga has reached out to the province to find out what the new guidelines are for flights to be reported, and has not received a response at this time.
In our most recent roundup, three flights have landed at Pearson with confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a total of 26 rows affected.
According to the federal government, a row is considered affected if it’s three rows (two rows for business class) behind or in front of a row where a seated person is confirmed to have COVID-19 during a period when they may have been infectious.
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