Canada closes borders, says people should stay at home to stop virus

Trudeau has been self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. REUTERS

Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals, except U.S. citizens, on Monday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged people to stay at home to help stem the spread of the new coronavirus. “We will be denying entry into Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference outside his home, where he is under quarantine.

Canada has become the latest country to close its borders to foreigners, barring all except its citizens and permanent residents from entering.

Announcing the travel ban on Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was “time to take every precaution to keep people safe”.

A few exceptions would be made for US citizens, air crew and diplomats, Trudeau said.

“Let me be clear, if you’re abroad, it’s time to come home,” Trudeau said, addressing Canadian citizens.

Starting from Monday, Canada’s border agency will have more powers to carry out coronavirus screenings at airports and all other entry points to the country.

Last week Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a trip to London.

Trudeau is in good health and has no symptoms, according to his office, but will remain in isolation for 14 days.

There are currently approximately more than 300 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Canada.


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