Over 2,000 travellers who have entered Canada over the last few months have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new data from the Public Health Agency Of Canada (PHAC).

The data, which was shared with The Canadian Press, also reveals that more than a quarter of these travellers tested positive for a COVID-19 virus "variant of concern."

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All of these passengers arrived in Canada between February 22 (when the federal government implemented mandatory hotel stays for air travellers) and April 22, 2021.

Of the 557 international air passengers who tested positive for a COVID-19 virus variant, 518 cases tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

This comes just days after the feds announced that all incoming travellers must take their third COVID-19 test two days earlier, to help "identify positive cases sooner and allow earlier sequencing of variants."