Canada’s government decided to close its borders to the major number of foreign countries, except US citizens, urging people to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister pointed out that its country has taken “increasingly aggressive” steps tightening the border control for non-Canadian citizens. This decision will come into force on Wednesday.
Canada’s PM also urged citizens to maintain the calm and stay home while he addressed Canadians from its self-imposed quarantine, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Over the past few days, we’ve seen Covid-19 spread around the world at an even faster pace. Canada is no exception. We assured you that as the situation evolved, our response would evolve too as the virus continues its spread. We’ve decided to take increasingly aggressive steps to keep you and your family safe,” Canada’s Prime Minister added.
Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus, “pushing” the Canadian Prime Minister to stay isolated for fourteen days, even though he tested negative.
“If you’re abroad, it’s time for you to come home. If you’ve just arrived, you must self-isolate for 14 days, and finally all Canadians as much as possible, should stay home,” Trudeau urged citizens.
Canadian government’s entry ban will not be valid for aircrews, immediate family members, diplomats, and US citizens, while there have been announced flight restrictions as well.
Canada also will restrict flights to Canada to airports in four major cities: Toronto-Pearson, Montreal-Trudeau, Vancouver international and Calgary international, clarifying that the borders will remain open for shipping.
But, cruise ships with 500 people will be banned from entering the country until 1 July.
Canadian government asked its citizens to avoid travel outside their borders unless it is essential, asking also to limit contact with crowds.
As yet, Canada has 441 confirmed cases of the infection, while 4 have died.
British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec knew for a large number of people who tested positive for the virus, have banned all the events larger than 250 people, while in the most populous province of Canada, Ontario, the schools will be closed for two weeks.
There are up to 186,000 global cases of persons infected with COVID-19, while 7,477 have already died.