CBSA ‘looking into circumstances’ of traveller who died of COVID-19 hours after landing in Toronto
Canada’s border agency is investigating how a woman infected with COVID-19 was able to fly to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport from the United States, only to die within hours.
The case, involving a 72-year-old who collapsed and died shortly after landing in Toronto on Saturday, has led to questions about airport and border screening measures.
“The Canada Border Services Agency is looking into the circumstances of this case,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s office said in a statement Monday.
The minister’s office was to raise the case directly with the president of the CBSA.
Air carriers are supposed to deny boarding to anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms. Upon arriving in Canada, all travellers are supposed to be asked if they have any symptoms.
Everyone returning to Canada is to self-isolate for 14 days.
It is unclear how the Markham, Ont. senior apparently made it through the screening measures despite being so ill that she died within hours of her flight’s end.
Her symptoms included a cough and shortness of breath, officials said. She was also experiencing muscle and joint pain, “which might have escaped detection,” said Patrick Casey, the director of communications for York Region.
“We do not know how consistent her symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath were,” Casey said.
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