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New COVID guidelines put forth for traveling Canadians.

By next week, Canadians and all other foreign travellers visiting the United States by air will need to take a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours before their departure.

President Joe Biden is changing the original 72-hour window for fully vaccinated travellers as a part of a new list of public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of the mutated Omicron variant.

Currently, there is no word of whether these measures will be required for people planning to travel by land.

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As of now, Quebec is ruling out imposing new restrictions despite the rise in new cases. Legault has already made it clear that he would like to authorize gatherings up to 25 people instead of the current limit of 10.

Out of the 1,196 cases reported in the province on Wednesday, only 239 of them resulted in hospitalizations.

"The key is to monitor the number of hospitalizations. As long as we stay at low levels, it remains under control," Legault said.

The province is now focusing on mass vaccination of five to 11-year-olds, who are currently contributing to the rise in cases. The number of children vaccinated has now reached 37 per cent and should have a "downward effect" on reported cases, Legault added.

Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, will report next week on whether or not he recommends allowing gatherings of up to 25 people.

*This report was originally published by The Canadian Press on December 1st, 2021.


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