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Canada monitors COVID-19 situation in China

The national public health agency says it is "closely monitoring" the COVID-19 situation in China, but gives no indication that it plans to follow in the U.S. footsteps by requiring travelers from China to be tested for the virus before entering its territory.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement that any policy change will be made in a travel health advisory.

It says a "level two" advisory is already in place for all countries, including China, meaning travelers should practice enhanced health precautions, including wearing personal protective equipment, delaying travel and avoiding high-risk activities.

An additional Chinese New Year advisory was issued Dec. 23, which says the festivities in late January are expected to involve large crowds in China, raising the risk of infection with COVID-19 or other diseases.

It says "China has recently lifted many of its COVID-19 restrictions," which may increase the number of cases in the country, and unvaccinated people should continue to avoid unnecessary travel.

The PHAC statement said it is monitoring genomic sequencing data and the public health impacts of COVID-19 variants in China.

The United States announced Wednesday that it would join some other nations in imposing travel restrictions due to an increase in infections in China following the reversal of strict anti-virus controls there.

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