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Canada re-introduced its advisory against non-essential travel on Wednesday due to the rapidly circulating Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The advisory will remain in place for at least four weeks and then be re-evaluated, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said during a news conference:

“To those who are planning to travel, I say very clearly: now is not the time to travel,”

The government first advised against international travel at the beginning of the pandemic. The advisory was lifted just under eight weeks ago on October 22, before coming back on Wednesday.

“We are asking Canadians to be cautious heading into the holiday season. If you do not have to travel internationally, please do not,”

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc

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