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2 travelers fined over $7,000 for ‘false’ COVID-19 tests, Transport Canada says

Transport Canada says they've fined two people for faking the results of their COVID-19 tests, which are required to be negative, to fly into the country.

a group of people standing around a luggage carousel at an airport: A passenger makes her way to the check in at Trudeau Airport, Monday, March 30, 2020 in Montreal. PRESS/Ryan Remiorz (C) Provided by Global News A passenger makes her way to the check in at Trudeau Airport, Monday, March 30, 2020 in Montreal.

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In a statement Thursday, the transport agency said that in both cases, the two had knowingly boarded a flight to Canada from Mexico on Jan.

23 after having tested positive for COVID-19 a few days before their flight. The statement also said the two were fined £10,000 and £7,000, respectively, for "presenting a false or misleading COVID-19 test" as well as for making a "false declaration about their health status."

Read more: Man charged after allegedly presenting fake negative COVID-19 test at Toronto Pearson Airport The agency said that both of the travelers landed at Pierre-Elliot Trudeau Airport in Montreal, but could not provide any further details about the individuals or cases.

"Transport Canada will continue to investigate incidents reported to us and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where it is warranted," read a statement. Video: Ottawa bans flights to sun destinations, implements mandatory hotel quarantine rules Last week, Peel Regional Police charged a man after he allegedly presented fake test results at Pearson Airport.

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According to police, a CBSA and quarantine officer who inspected the man's negative COVID-19 test revealed it to be "fraudulent," and that the man had later tested positive for the virus.

Current travel restrictions for those entering Canada requires travelers to both present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before boarding a flight as well as to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine after their arrival. Plans to implement new restrictions, which were announced by the federal government on in January, now include a mandatory PCR test for all incoming passengers when they land. Travelers then have to undergo quarantine at a hotel for up to three days, or for as long as it takes for their test results to come back -- and could cost them more than £2,000.

Read more: Hotel quarantine for travellers to begin Feb.

22, Trudeau says Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that these new measures would take effect starting Feb.

22, but clarified that there would be exceptions to the new restrictions, particularly for health-care workers and truckers entering Canada. "We're not trying to punish people, we're trying to keep people safe," said Trudeau.

Video: Canada's new travel restrictions at land borders come into effect

"These border measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and new variants."

-- With files from Global News' Ryan Rocca and Rachel Gilmore

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