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Canada Canada to send 3 flights to Peru to help citizens stranded by COVID-19: minister

17:02  23 march  2020
17:02  23 march  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

Canadians trapped in Morocco by COVID-19 restrictions to be evacuated this weekend: Trudeau

  Canadians trapped in Morocco by COVID-19 restrictions to be evacuated this weekend: Trudeau 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 wreak havoc on the transport sector. "We're in discussion with Canadian airlines to help Canadians stranded abroad come home," Trudeau said this morning from outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, where he remains in self-isolation. "We're in discussion with Canadian airlines to help Canadians stranded abroad come home," Trudeau said this morning from outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, where he remains in self-isolation.

Hundreds of Americans have left Peru after getting stranded in the country amid travel chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Embassy in the country's capital Lima said they are working with the Peruvian government on all options for U.S. citizens to depart the country and are arranging

But anyone showing symptoms of Covid - 19 will be unable to fly. Sarah Baxter, a journalist currently stranded in Peru , told The Independent: “I started the day feeling low, with the supposed announcement of no humanitarian flights by a Peruvian minister , but ended feeling far more positive.

François-Philippe Champagne wearing a suit and tie: Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne speaks to Global News. © Global News Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne speaks to Global News.

Canada will send three planes to Peru to repatriate citizens left stranded abroad by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country's foreign affairs minister says.

In a tweet on Monday, François-Philippe Champagne said the government has secured authorization to operate three flights "this week."

READ MORE: Coronavirus — Canada working with commercial airlines to repatriate stranded citizens

On Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government was working with commercial airlines to co-ordinate flights to repatriate Canadians.

“We will also be working with other countries to ensure that our airlines have the permissions and other supports necessary to fly,” Trudeau said.

The first of those flights, from Morocco, landed in Montreal on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, Trudeau said the government was looking to help as many citizens as it can but that it would not be possible to reach all of those seeking assistance.

In order to help Canadians abroad, the federal government has also made available loans totalling $5,000 per person, which can be used for flights and accommodations.

Coronavirus: Vancouver students relieved to catch flight out of locked-down Peru

  Coronavirus: Vancouver students relieved to catch flight out of locked-down Peru A Chilliwack couple that missed previous flights out of the locked-down country were also on the final flight back to Vancouver.The 12 Vancouver College students and three teachers landed at Vancouver International Airport midday Saturday. Wearing medical masks, they were greeted with long hugs from family members thankful to have the boys back on Canadian soil.

Australia, Canada , Japan, and a number of EU nations have also either begun or are preparing to begin evacuations. On Friday, Islamabad also halted all flights to and from China, effective immediately, with additional secretary of aviation Abdul Sattar Khokhar telling Reuters “We are suspending flights

Hundreds of UK British nationals stranded in Peru due to the coronaviruspandemic could be flown More than 400 British and Irish citizens are believed to be in the South American country, with UK nationals in Peru earlier said they felt “let down” by the Government’s efforts to help them return home.

READ MORE: Coronavirus — Champagne says efforts to repatriate Canadians ‘on a scale we’ve never seen’

At a press conference on Saturday, Champagne said officials had been in touch with "hundreds of thousands" of Canadians abroad and that they were working "around the clock" to help.

Speaking to Mike Le Couteur on Global News’ The West Block, Champagne said the operation is "on a scale that we've never seen before."

Trudeau is expected to provide an update on Canada's response to the COVID-19 pandemic at 11:15 a.m. ET on Monday.

Canadians scrambling to leave Europe as borders close and flights are suspended .
POZNAN, Poland — Canadians in Europe are scrambling to make their way back home as several European countries are restricting traffic, closing borders and suspending international flights in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. All 27 members of the European Union have reported cases of COVID-19, which has sickened more than 22,000 people in the continent, killing over 1,300 so far. Poland is suspending all international flights and trains on Sunday, leaving many foreigners, including Canadians, struggling to find a way out of the country.

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