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World Canada closes borders amid COVID-19 pandemic

20:55  16 march  2020
20:55  16 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

Coronavirus: Canada closes its borders

 Coronavirus: Canada closes its borders HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-CANADA: Coronavirus: Canada closes its borders © Reuters / Teresa Barbieri CORONAVIRUS: CANADA CLOSES ITS FRONTIERS OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada closed its borders on Monday to all foreign nationals, except those from the United States, and its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged all his compatriots to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the closure during a press conference on Tuesday. © Getty Images Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the closure during a press conference on Tuesday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country will be shutting its borders to all non-Canadian citizens in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The only exception is immediate families of citizens, permanent residents, diplomats and US citizens. Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms will be refused entry also.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Trudeau said it is time to "take every precaution to keep everyone safe".

"We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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"This measure will carve out some designated exceptions, including for aircrews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and, at this time, US citizens."

Trudeau also urged any Canadians that are overseas to return home. Anyone returning has also been told to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Let me be clear, if you're abroad, it's time to come home," Trudeau said.

So far Canada has more than 300 cases of coronavirus and one death. Trudeau is in quarantine after his wife Sophie Gregoire tested positive for coronavirus last week. While he has no symptoms, Trudeau held Tuesday's press conference from his garden to maintain social distance.

The announcement follows numerous schools and workplaces closing in an effort to stop the virus spreading.

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