Canada extends U.K. travel ban for 2 more weeks amid COVID-19 mutations

Canada will extend its ban on flights from the United Kingdom another two weeks in order to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus strain, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The measure, which was first announced Sunday, was initially set to expire in 72 hours.

Speaking at a media conference Wednesday, Trudeau said the ban is now extended until Jan. 6.

Canada is one of several countries to ban travel from the U.K. due to the new strain of the virus, which British officials said appears to be 70 per cent more transmissible.

More to come. 

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