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Canada closes all borders to foreigners over Chinese coronavirus

Windsor, Canada. (PxFuel/Released)
March 16, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that the country will be locked down, refusing entry to any non-citizens or non-residents of Canada.

“We decided to take increasingly aggressive steps to keep you and your family safe,” Trudeau said. “We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.”

“This measure will carve out some designated exceptions including for aircrews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens, and at this time, United States citizens,” Trudeau added.

Trudeau made the televised announcement outside his home where he is undergoing a 14-day self-isolation period after his wife, Sofie Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus last week.

“We can still slow the spread of this virus,” Trudeau reassured Canadians.

According to John Hopkins, who has been tracking coronavirus cases globally, there are now 373 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada as of Monday. One person has died, and nine have recovered.

The Canadian government has also restricted flights to Canada and has mandated airliners to screen sick passengers to avoid boarding airplanes.