Sophie finished her message by saying she was happy to see so many Canadians coming together to help each other, regardless of their circumstances.
Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. ambassador to Canada, said it would be a serious misuse of resources and a risky and inappropriate use of American troops.
Earlier Thursday, Freeland noted that countries around the world, including Canada, have been responding with uncharacteristic speed and urgency to an escalating global emergency, which involves discussing any and all measures, no matter how drastic, even if they don't come to fruition.
He concedes there are some small signs that social distancing and staying home are having a positive effect on the spread of COVID-19.
Asked if the Canadian government had been asked for the army to intervene in Quebec and block off Montreal, Trudeau said no such request had been made.
Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance on Friday put the Canadian Armed Forces on notice to stand ready should its assistance be required.
State line checkpoint put in place for those trying to enter Florida
Four more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon. Florida was already requiring air travelers from Louisiana, New York and New Jersey to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The government will also make another $12.5 billion in loans available through Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada to help small- and medium-sized businesses with operational cashflow requirements.
Canada will not allow anyone displaying symptoms of the COVID-19 respiratory illness to board domestic flights or intercity passenger trains, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, the latest travel restriction aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak.
In her statement, she says: "I wanted to give you all an update: I am feeling so much better and have received the all clear from my physician and Ottawa Public Health". Data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that one in three cases in the country involves people under the age of 40. Trudeau said he was acting out of caution.
To address this, Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte has announced $9 million to the federal government's New Horizons for Seniors Program and the United Way, which aim to help seniors with everything from health check-ins to grocery delivery.
Ontario is reporting 211 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total number of cases to 1,355.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says 81 people are hospitalized, including 52 in intensive care, and there has been one additional death.