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Canada Canadians arriving from Morocco urge Trudeau to bring back everyone left stranded by COVID-19 shutdown

15:45  22 march  2020
15:45  22 march  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that a flight has been arranged to bring home Canadians stranded in Morocco , as the COVID - 19 pandemic continues to Travellers can apply for up to ,000 in financial support from the Canadian government to help with COVID - 19 -related travel disruptions.

Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's announcement that a flight will be arranged to bring home Canadians stranded in Morocco , a Windsor, Ont. man who was informed by doctors in the North African nation that he has tested positive for COVID - 19 isn't optimistic about making it on that plane.

a person holding a bag of luggage: Mohammed El Aidi was waiting with flowers when his wife, Ouafae, arrived at Trudeau Airport. © Radio-Canada Mohammed El Aidi was waiting with flowers when his wife, Ouafae, arrived at Trudeau Airport.

Canadians arriving at Montreal's Trudeau Airport in the early hours Sunday say they're relieved to be out of Morocco, but are urging the government to help those still stranded.

Ouafae El Aidi said she was feeling "a little scared but good" now that she was back in Canada after spending months in Morocco as her father underwent medical procedures.

Her husband, Mohammed, was waiting with flowers when she arrived at the airport.

After Morocco cancelled all flights, they thought she may have to stay in the country for months. But when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that a commercial flight was being arranged to get citizens and permanent residents home, they jumped at the opportunity.

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MONTREAL — Air Canada says it will bring Canadians stranded in Morocco back home on a repatriation flight this weekend in Thousands of Canadians abroad continue to struggle to find a way back , with some stranded as borders close and airlines cut flights due to the COVID - 19 pandemic.

They arrived on March 13 and heard from family that the COVID - 19 crisis was intensifying around and the government was urging Canadians to come Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said a flight has been arranged to bring home Canadians stranded in Morocco , and said his government is working

Ouafae will now spend two weeks at home, and the two will try to keep their distance from each other — as hard as that may be after spending months apart.

"We must accept it. It's for the good of everybody," Mohammed said.

'We can't let them down'

Those registered with the embassy received an email with a special code so that they could book a flight with Air Canada, costing $1,272 plus tax.

The 450-seat plane had been filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

Those on board say the situation is dire for those still waiting at the airport.

a person standing in front of a building: Jeanne Charbonneau urged the federal government to get the rest of the Canadians stranded in Morocco home immediately. © Radio-Canada Jeanne Charbonneau urged the federal government to get the rest of the Canadians stranded in Morocco home immediately.

"People without coronavirus will get sick from stress," said Jeanne Charbonneau. She said she saw elderly people sleeping on the floor of the airport and people rationing medication.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canada -U.S. border is likely to close to non-essential travel by the weekend to fight the spread of COVID - 19 , and that people should prepare for pandemic-related social-distancing to be the reality for 'weeks or months.'.

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Those still waiting "very much need a strong message from the prime minister that he will repatriate everyone tomorrow," she said.

"We can't let them down."

Issam Sedki said he was still in shock that his wife and child were able to get a flight home. He feared that it would be months before he would see them again.

"It happened so quickly," he said of the border closures and flight cancellations. "There was nothing we could do, we tried to find tickets but they cost $7,000 and you would circle the globe."

a man standing in a room: Issam Sedki said he was worried he would not see his wife for months. © Radio-Canada Issam Sedki said he was worried he would not see his wife for months.

Eamon Fitzgerald says sleep and self-isolation are what he'll do once he gets home to Toronto. He had been travelling for six months when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

"I feel very grateful to be able to make it on the flight," he said.

"There are still a lot of Canadians over there. We're concerned that we're not doing enough to let them out."

COVID-19: How a Whitecourt couple stranded in Morocco narrowly made it home .
A pair of retired teachers from Whitecourt are home safe and sound after nearly being forced to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic in Morocco. Jamie and Alice Service were on the second of three Air Canada flights out of Casablanca on March 23. Jamie and Alice Service were on the second of three Air Canada flights out of Casablanca on March 23. After a week of closing borders, cancelled flights and contradictory messages from the Canadian government, the Services are relieved to be confined to their rural Alberta home.

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