Air Canada, WestJet ask government to end COVID PCR testing on arrival




Two of Canada's Airlines are asking the Canadian Government to drop the COVID arrival PCR testing at airports.


The letter which was written to Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., Minister of Health; Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada; Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health; and Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health asks the governments to end testing at airports and use the testing where Canadians need them most, "To support our communities, schools, hospitals and long-term care homes.


"As the government has ramped up testing at airports for international arrivals, we have seen frontline workers struggle to get PCR tests and lab processing capacity decrease significantly."


As COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in the last month and a half, provinces including Alberta and Saskatchewan have decided to restrict molecular testing to those at a higher risk of being hospitalized from COVID-19 or who are in settings where the virus