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Canada Renews Travel Restrictions, Lockdowns Amid Variant-Fueled Surges

Canada hit an inauspicious milestone last weekend. For the first time during the pandemic, the country recorded more new cases of COVID-19 per capita than the U.S.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory for U.S. residents, noting a “very high level” of transmission in Canada, cautioning travelers to avoid the country. While the advisory is largely moot since Canada closed its borders to American travelers nearly a year ago, the spread does mark a dramatic shift for the country whose coronavirus cases have for the last year numbered a fraction of those in the U.S.

Host Tonya Mosley checks in with University of Toronto epidemiologist Colin Furness to discuss the causes and mitigation strategies.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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