Trudeau’s wife Sophie recently tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus.
Friday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada would be restricting inbound flights, recommending everyone stay in the country, and is considering closing borders to mitigate spread of COVID-19. Trudeau’s wife Sophie recently tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus.
The federal government is warning against all international travel and is limiting inbound flights in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau detailed the new measures during a news conference Friday. Trudeau is in self-isolation due to the confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis for his wife, Sophie.
Trudeau said that, aside from the sweeping travel advisory, the government is also taking steps to prevent infections.
“We are looking to reduce the number of airports that will accept travellers from overseas in order to be able give the proper resources on all arrivals to ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep Canadians and Canada safe,” he said.
We’re also, obviously, looking at countries of origin and further measures we can take. We will make those decisions based on the best science, the best recommendations of our health officials.”
The airports that will take inbound flights have not been identified.
During an interview with Radio-Canada’s Montreal morning show on Friday, Trudeau said the government is not closing the door to any ideas and is assessing the situation on a day-to-day basis.
Asked if the government will close the Canadian border, Trudeau said, “We are in the midst of looking at this. We’re in the midst of evaluating day-to-day what to do.
“As you’ve seen, there are recommendations not to travel outside of Canada. We’re in the midst of co-ordinating with the Americans, obviously, on our borders, on our actions. We’ll continue to evaluate what we can do and how we can keep Canadians in security and we won’t close the door on any idea.”
A group of federal ministers and health officials also held a news conference today.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam confirmed that Canada is now advising against all international travel to limit the spread of the virus. She warned that travellers could be subject to another country’s travel or quarantine restrictions, and if they become sick, they could find themselves in a health care system inferior to Canada’s system.
Tam also urged Canadians to take extra steps to limit the spread of the virus.
Trudeau addressed the nation Friday:
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