Less than a month away from the reopening of the border between Canada and the United States, the Dr Horacio Arruda said to be “very concerned” and does not recommend that Quebec be on the east coast of the u.s. and particularly in Florida.
“The east coast [u.s.] in the south, it is really hot, and [the virus is] really in full activity, he said on Thursday. I think you are better off to enjoy the sun of Quebec that would expose you to Florida.”
In view of the reopening of the u.s. border, on July 21, the national director of the Quebec public health says that it will discuss with its counterparts in other provinces in order to prepare for this eventuality.
The Quebec and travelers from the United States could not isolate itself to their return to the country and thus lead to another wave of contamination, fears it.
Already, the first wave of contamination in Quebec was caused in good part by travelers returning from Europe where they had contracted the COVID-19, ” said Dr. Horacio Arruda.
In the meantime, the public health authorities are preparing for different scenarios, including a reopening of the border on July 21.
“It does may be said of the quarantine, but the quarantine being monitored [for the travellers to return to the country and] people who are going to have to take the test. It is full of strategies in the event that it reopens,” said the regional director of public health of Montreal, Dr. Mylène Drouin.
One of the six criteria established by the world health Organization (WHO) to consider the COVID-19 as controlled in a given region provides that the risk of importation of cases should be able to be well managed, ” said Dr. Horacio Arruda.