The Canadian government is closing its borders to all non-permanent residents -with exceptions for American citizens- to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in North America.
“The prime minister also said no one who is displaying symptoms will be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada,” reports the CBC.
“As another measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Trudeau said international flights will be funnelled to airports in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver to enhance screening,” adds the state-run news agency.
#COVID19: New enhanced measures continue to be added at all of #Canada's international airports including these new screening questions for ALL travellers arriving from ANY international destination. #FlattenTheCurve pic.twitter.com/kGZaDPt28N
— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) March 16, 2020
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie tested positive for the Coronavirus this week after a trip to the UK; prompting officials nationwide to announce more school, universities, and day care closures across several provinces.
“I have some additional news to share this evening. Unfortunately, the results of Sophie’s COVID-19 test are positive. Therefore, she will be in quarantine for the time being. Her symptoms remain mild and she is taking care of herself and following the advice of our doctor,” posted Trudeau on Twitter.
I have some additional news to share this evening. Unfortunately, the results of Sophie’s COVID-19 test are positive. Therefore, she will be in quarantine for the time being. Her symptoms remain mild and she is taking care of herself and following the advice of our doctor.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 13, 2020
Quebec’s lead Francois Legault announced the province’s decision to close all elementary, high schools, and universities across the province.
“Legault said he knows that this will be an inconvience for parents, but it has to be done to slow as much as possible the spread of COVID-19. Daycare workers will be asked to offer services to parents who must work to provide essential services, Legault said,” reports the Montreal Gazette.
“Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said Friday that Canadians should cancel all non-essential travel outside the country,” adds the newspaper.
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