The Canadian government announced Sunday night that it would impose a 72-hour ban on U.K. travel and has yet to issue an update as to whether it would extend it beyond Wednesday, but Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the restrictions could be "extended or enhanced" beyond then.
The Canada Border Services Agency has said it is increasing its presence at Canadian airports to enforce the new ban and, according to a CBC report, and is warning that anyone attempting to circumvent the restrictions would be fined.
He told CNN that the U.S. should "without a doubt keep an eye on it," but added "we don't want to overreact."
In a Globe & Mail report Tuesday, Health Canada officials wondered if the variant may already be in Canada. It has already been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.
“There’s always a possibility that the variant has travelled and we are focusing considerable effort to be able to identify it, should it arise here in Canada,” Guillaume Poliquin, acting scientific director-general of the National Microbiology Laboratory, told the Globe & Mail.