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Canada COVID-19: Ontario spent much of the last 18 months in some form of lockdown. (file)

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Canada has rescinded an official advisory urging its citizens to abstain from non-essential travel abroad, the country’s top medical official said on Friday, following its successful efforts to vaccinate people against COVID-19. Looking at the campaign.

Hours later, Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, issued a timeline for lifting all remaining COVID-19 restrictions aimed at removing all evidence of vaccination and mask requirements by March 2022.

Canada’s travel warning was issued in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

Ottawa removed an advisory to avoid unnecessary travel late Thursday, although it is still asking people to avoid cruise ship travel outside the country.

“The onset of infection from a more comprehensive approach really recognizes that vaccines are very effective in preventing a serious outcome,” Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam said at a briefing.

As of October 8, only 82% of eligible Canadians were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to official figures.

Tam said the latest surveillance data shows “a sustained decline in disease activity nationally and in most jurisdictions.”

Citing high cases of coronavirus in some countries, he said, “Now is not the time to go anywhere freely.”

Ontario set a six-month deadline for the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions, starting with the removal of capacity limits in the “vast majority” of public places on October 25, and with all mask and vaccination requirements by March. At the end of the proof ended. .

A statement said the timeline would be dependent on “absence of related (pandemic) trends”.

“The plan is for the long term,” said Premier Doug Ford. “It will guide us safely through the winter and out of this pandemic, while escaping the lockdown and making sure we don’t lose the hard fight we’ve had.”

Ontario has spent the past 18 months in some form of lockdown, due to high infection rates and hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

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