People who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents will not be allowed to enter the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced, in the latest measure to combat the covid-19 coronavirus spread. Trudeau cited the close "integration" between Canada and the U.S.as a reason for the exception.
Canada is closing its borders to non-citizens and non-residents, restricting worldwide arrivals to four airports and requiring airlines to bar passengers who present with symptoms of the coronavirus from boarding.
Tam added that efforts to update the country's airport screening measures are "rapidly" underway, a comment that came after Trudeau told CTV earlier Sunday that only some worldwide travellers were undergoing the screening.
The flights from overseas that are coming in will also be directed to only four airports in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Flights from the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, and trade-related flights, will not be affected.
Those who have returned from global trips are being asked to self-isolation for 14 days.
Travellers will also be asked to confirm that they are "are being asked to self-isolate for the next 14 days to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19".
The prime minister said the government would also mandate that airlines would have to do a basic health assessment of anyone travelling to Canada, including citizens. Trudeau said a form of financial assistance will be offered.
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He has spent the past few months on Vancouver Island, where the Sussexes have been staying in a £10 million mansion. They suggested that the family were "too busy" and that Archie was "too young" to make the trip.
The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Canada more than doubled since Friday, including 32 new confirmed cases in Ontario on Monday.
Several other countries have already taken the same step.
"Think of your community", he said.
The prime minister also said Canadians should stay in their homes except for essential tasks like buying food and getting medications.
Even the judicial system was making adjustments, with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice announcing it would suspend operations starting on Tuesday, postponing all trials except the most urgent.
Justin Trudeau gave a news conference on the Covid-19 situation in Canada from outside his home. The government is establishing a fund to help people who are experiencing difficulties while arranging travel home in the face of soaring ticket prices.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said that it's not just travellers who arrive at airports who will need to deal with this new reality - snowbirds driving home will be screened and warned at land crossings as well.