Canada LOCKDOWN: Justin Trudeau shuts borders to non-residents in coronavirus panic

17 Mars, 2020, 06:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

When asked why the USA had been exempt from the closure of the border to non-Canadians, Trudeau said that as Canada's closest neighbor, the country was viewed in a different category than other countries.

"All Canadians as much as possible should stay home", he said.

Asked why USA citizens were exempt, Trudeau said the close bilateral integration meant the United States was in a different category from other nations but added that more measures could be announced soon.

Officials also announced the arrival of global flights will be limited to the country's four largest airports: Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

"Let me be clear", Trudeau said during Monday's announcement: "If you are overseas, it's time for you to home".

As Breitbart News reported, the U.S. -Mexico border has been inundated with foreign nationals from coronavirus-affected countries.

Trudeau also says Canadians should avoid non-essential travel outside of the country until further notice.

The prime minister also admitted that announced measures were "far-reaching" and said they were made necessary by "exception circumstances".

Trudeau said the exemption for Americans, despite the rapid rise of cases in the USA, was due to "the level of integration of our two economies".

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Trudeau said '"we can still slow the spread of this virus" but it will take a major adjustment from everyone.

"Canadian travellers will be able to get financial assistance to help them with the costs of returning home or temporarily covering basic needs while they wait to come back to Canada", the prime minister revealed.

"We are prepared to see Canadians through this time", Trudeau said. Trudeau is in self-imposed isolation with his wife, Sophie Grégoire, who is recovering from COVID-19.

The top public health officer in British Columbia (BC), on Canada's west coast, said on Monday that three more people had died due to the virus, raising the death toll in the province to four.

At this time, Trudeau said the measure doesn't apply to United States citizens or to flights coming from Mexico and the Caribbean.

It's still expected that anyone who is returning from outside of Canada should self-isolate for 14 days.

The death toll in Canada jumped to four on Monday, from one on Sunday.

There were 324 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada as of Monday morning and another 17 probable cases, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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