The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has caught 30 individuals who have allegedly tried to enter the nation with suspected pretend COVID-19 take a look at outcomes.
In an e-mail to CBC News, CBSA spokesperson Louis-Carl Brissette Lesage mentioned between Jan. 7 and March 24 of this 12 months, officers intercepted 10 suspected fraudulent take a look at end result paperwork at airports.
Then between Feb. 15 and March 24, officers at land ports of entry discovered folks making an attempt to enter the nation with suspected pretend COVID-19 take a look at outcomes 20 instances.
“All travellers arriving in Canada are obligated by Canadian law to respond truthfully to all questions,” Brissette Lesage mentioned. “Providing false information to a Government of Canada official upon entry to Canada or making false fraudulent attempts is a serious offence and may result in penalties and/or criminal charges.”
In January, the federal authorities ordered that every one travellers returning to Canada by air from overseas should produce proof of a adverse COVID-19 take a look at earlier than boarding their flights.
Every traveller over the age of 5 should present a adverse take a look at end result from a polymerase chain response (PCR) or a reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) take a look at administered within the 72 hours earlier than their flight’s departure.
Similar necessities had been instituted for non-essential travellers at land border crossings final month.
Recent arrests by Peel Regional Police make clear a few of these cases occurring at Pearson airport.
One occurred on the afternoon of March 21, police say. That’s when a CBSA officer got here throughout a adverse COVID-19 take a look at doc that seemed to be pretend.whereas conducting an inspection verify.
Public well being reviewed it, and in the long run, a 45-year-old Edmonton man was arrested and charged with utilizing a solid doc.
The same incident occurred on the night of Feb. 8. This time, a 29-year-old Stratford, Ont., man was arrested on the identical cost.
According to the CBSA, failure to adjust to the present border entry restrictions may result in as much as six months in jail and/or $750,000 in fines.
As nicely, the company says, an individual who causes a danger of imminent dying or critical bodily hurt to a different particular person whereas wilfully or recklessly contravening the Quarantine Act could possibly be accountable for a high quality of as much as $1,000,000 or imprisonment of as much as three years, or each.