CBSA officers who dealt with traveller who died of coronavirus back at work

Three Canadian border officers who were in close contact with a traveller who died of the new coronavirus hours after arriving at Toronto’s Pearson airport are back at work, according to their union.

The Canada Border Services Agency officers were cleared by health officials, the union said. They were all wearing masks, gloves and goggles when they dealt with the woman.

Jean-Pierre Fortin, the national president of the Customs and Immigration Union, said they were not tested for COVID-19, correcting an earlier statement saying they were awaiting test results.

The officers were on duty Saturday when a Markham, Ont. woman arrived on a flight from Los Angeles. She died hours later, according to the York Region health officer.

A coroner confirmed the death was a result of COVID-19, raising questions about why a traveller so ill was allowed to board a commercial flight and enter Canada upon arrival.

The CBSA has not responded to questions from Global News. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s office said Monday the border agency was “looking into the circumstances of this case.”

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