Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses Canadians on the COVID-19 situation in Canada.
Minister of Health Patty Hajdu looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday March 11, 2020.
There are 1,378 COVID-19 cases across Canada, with 18 recoveries and 20 deaths. The number of confirmed cases rose to 1,388 from 1,099.
Lock downs in other countries and air-space restrictions due to COVID-19 means not every Canadian citizen trapped overseas may be able to return home.
Residents returning to the territory will be required to self-isolate in Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River, or Inuvik.
Members of Parliament from all parties have been clear in their desire to help Canadians, workers, and businesses experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ottawa says people who have returned from overseas must isolate themselves for 14 days and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she could use the federal Quarantine Act to sanction those ignoring this requirement.
"We are all working together in the best interest of Canadians", Rodriguez said.
First Alberta COVID-19 death confirmed
Sit-down restaurants are permitted to stay open but are limited to 50 people or half their capacity, whichever is lower. As of March 19th, 2019, 10 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Alberta Health Services North Zone.
It's time for Canadians to come home.
During his daily address, Justin Trudeau also gave more details about how the government is going to bring thousands of Canadians overseas home.
He also said Canada is making efforts to bring home stranded citizens, and an Air Canada AC.TO plane is in the process of repatriating citizens from Morocco. "This is about months of social distancing".
"We're going to have more to say to you soon, so stay tuned".
He said that also applies to travel to other provinces.
The government will help cover some of the costs for these flights, but people will expected to pay a reasonable price as well.
He did say that some Canadians won't be able to get home depending on where they are.
Asked what would have to happen for the country to declare a state of emergency, Trudeau said the questions is "are there things that we need to be able to do as a government that we can not do with the very strong existing regulations that are in place".