Canada announced on Friday banning the entry of foreigners who have traveled through southern Africa in the last 14 days due to increasing concerns over a new variant of COVID-19.
The southern African countries include South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
Those individuals must remain in quarantine until they receive a negative result, Duclos said at a press conference in Ottawa.
Canadians and permanent residents returning to Canada from the region through another country must take a negative COVID-19 test in the third country. They will also be tested upon arrival in Canada, Duclos said.
Duclos said Global Affairs Canada will also be issuing a travel advisory, asking all Canadians not to travel to southern Africa.
According to Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam, there is no indication of the variant's presence within Canada to date.
She told reporters that health officials are continuing to monitor the variant.
The variant was first reported from South Africa on Nov. 24 and the variant has a "large number of mutations," some of which "are concerning."
According to the WHO, the number of cases of this variant "appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa."