During the prime minister's public address on Friday, January 15, he mentioned a new Brazil COVID-19 variant which he called "concerning." \nTrudeau said that the federal government is constantly monitoring variants of COVID-19, including this new one out of Brazil. \nEditor's Choice: Justin Trudeau Just Listed All The COVID-19 Benefits Canadians Can Get & What They're For\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nWe’re doing whatever it takes to protect Canadians, including looking at banning certain flights if necessary.\n\n\nJustin Trudeau\n\n\n"Decisions must be based on public health guidance," he continued. \n"As always, our ministers are actively leaning in on this and talking with experts to reach a determination without delay."\nHe said that the government will be keeping Canadians informed about any new decisions that are made in this regard. \nAccording to CBC News, the U.K. will be banning arrivals from South America and Portugal as a precaution. \nWhile it is unclear if Canada will do the same, Trudeau did say that flight cancellations will be drawn upon "if necessary."\nLater in the address, he added that the Canadian government is actively discouraging travel to protect Canadians from the virus and its variants that are emerging.