International travellers to Manitoba are being advised to get tested for COVID-19 after arriving in the province, regardless of if they display symptoms.
The Province of Manitoba says that several cases of the new variant of COVID-19 found in the United Kingdom have made its way to Canada. Because of this, all U.K flights coming to Canada have been halted until Wednesday.
"The Government of Canada has a monitoring program in place with the provinces and territories to identify new COVID-19 variants in Canada, such as the ones identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa," the province says in a statement.
The new variant has not been identified in Manitoba.
All international travellers must self-isolate for the full 14-days regardless of where they are coming from.
"They should make an appointment with a provincial testing site or visit a drive-thru test site, and indicate at the time of testing that they have been out of the country and share the location of travel. They should also be tested again after seven days, even if still asymptomatic."
The new variants are similar to the previously-identified one, with similar symptoms. The province says early data suggests it is more transmissible than the original strain.
Out of province travel is encouraged to remain for essential purposes only.