Air Canada next month will resume flights to Hawaii from Vancouver. Providing flyers have had a negative corona virus test prior to flying.
Flights to Hawaii from Air Canada: A spokesman for Air Canada, Timothy Liu, said from December 17th, four flights a week will be available. These flights will be available to Maui and Honolulu. Hawaii’s governor David Ige has welcomed the move from Air Canada along with Westjet. With the pre flight tests, passengers will avoid the 14 day quarantine on returning to Canada.
“Hawaii has the most rigorous pre-travel testing program in the United States. And we’re grateful to Air Canada and WestJet for making it available to their passengers. Many Canadians love to visit Hawaii during the winter months to escape the cold weather. So the timing for this works well”
Hawaii has only 348 covid related deaths so far. And aim to maintain this low level with rigorous testing pre entry to the country.
Television and film employees on productions in B.C. are currently tested regularly by nasal swab.
Public COVID-19 testing in B.C. is currently done using a nasal swab or saline gargle. As of now, 30% of tests done in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions are via gargle. Test results take anywhere from 12-36 hours. Depending on the health region. Northern Health is the slowest, whilst Island Health is the quicker of the two.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said rapid tests had too many downsides to be used generally in the public health system. Including that they are not as accurate and may not show positive just before the onset of symptoms. With respect to rapid testing at long term care facilities, Dr Henry said. “It is not what is going to solve our issues. Because the rapid tests have faults and limitations and you have to test everybody every day.”
Qantas Airways Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce has stated that. “Once a proven vaccine is in place, all international travellers will require to be immunised.”
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