Canada closing borders to non-citizens, non-residents

Canada closing borders to non-citizens, non-residents

Canada has closed its borders to all foreign citizens, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference, Monday.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families, as well as American citizens, diplomats and aircrews are exempted from the ban, effective March 18 at noon. "People who are infected should be able to do the right thing".

"Starting Wednesday, March 18, only four Canadian airports will be accepting worldwide flights: Toronto Pearson, Montreal Trudeau, Vancouver global Airport, and Calgary worldwide Airport", Trudeau said in an address to Canadians Monday morning. For now, he added, Canadian domestic flights as well as those from the USA, the Caribbean and Mexico would not be affected.

Meanwhile, Canada Border Services Agency staff said new enhanced screening measures continue to be added at worldwide airports, including new screening questions for all travelers from overseas.

Canada has already boosted monitoring at airports and is urging residents to return from overseas whereas they nonetheless can.

"We think about it - we think about it, if we don't have to do it that'll be good", he said. "We all have to do it".

"We've made a decision to take increasingly aggressive steps", said Trudeau.

"I know this news will spark concern among Canadians travelling overseas".

Trudeau said the government's response to the virus is changing in real time on the advice of public-health experts and Canadians should expect additional measures before the crisis ends.

"These measures will help save lives".

Following Trudeau's address, the provincial health officer and the health minister will be providing an update for B.C. The City of Vancouver is set for an announcement around the same time, and is likely to follow Delta and Surrey's move to close all public facilities.

He also emphasized that the Liberals have earmarked a $10 billion stimulus package to help the country and the provinces deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose wife had tested positive for the virus, announced the closure on Monday as part of measures to fight the infection.

As of when Trudeau began speaking, there were 377 cases in Canada, most stemming from travel outside of Canada.

Ontario, the most populous province, accounts for almost half of the confirmed illnesses.

"Of the total 177 cases, five have been resolved". One death has been reported.

The four airports that will stay open to worldwide flights are in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

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