Trudeau says Parliament will resume Tuesday to pass emergency measures

Trudeau says Parliament will resume Tuesday to pass emergency measures

The World Health Organization figures show there were almost a quarter million cases of COVID-19 worldwide as of Friday and the global death toll was approaching 10,000.

For now, the federal government is strongly urging people returning from travel to self isolate, but is not enforcing it.

In order to implement the new economic measures announced as part of its response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada must introduce legislation and seek the approval of Parliament.

Trudeau said the House of Commons would return on Tuesday to approve the stimulus package.

Anyone who is already showing symptoms of the virus is not permitted to enter Canada, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne both said Saturday there are some herculean efforts underway to bring as many Canadians home from overseas as possible.

"We are dealing with a deadly virus and this behavior is unacceptable", he said.

An Air Canada flight from Morocco to Montreal was scheduled for Saturday, and additional flights are in the works to bring Canadians home from Peru and Spain.

Trudeau said the country will have to drastically increase testing in order to combat the virus, but that has proven a challenge in some areas of the country. The government is working with airlines to help pay for extra costs.

He said that also applies to travel to other provinces.

"It is an extremely hard situation", for those in foreign countries who will not be able to return, said the Prime Minister. The number of confirmed cases rose to 1,302 from 1,099, with a further 69 people listed as probably suffering from the highly contagious virus.

"We're going to have more to say to you soon, so stay tuned".

"We applaud the steps your government and others across the country have taken to address the health emergency and provide financial support to individuals, families and businesses", reads the letter.

"We will also be working with other countries to ensure our airlines have the permission and other logistical measures necessary to take these flights", said Trudeau. Ontario reported 59 new cases Saturday morning.

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