Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is closing Canada's borders to anyone who isn't a citizen, a permanent resident, or a US citizen

ReutersCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday afternoon that Canada would close its borders to anyone who is not a citizen, permanent resident, or US citizen as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.
  • Trudeau also asked all Canadian citizens and legal residents to return to Canada “while it is still possible.”
  • “I know this news will spark concern,” Trudeau said during a Monday press briefing. “I know that these measures are far-reaching. They are exceptional circumstances, calling for exceptional measures.”
  • Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus last week, but the prime minister, who is self-isolating for 14 days, said he had “absolutely no symptoms.”
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday afternoon that Canada would close its borders to anyone who is not a Canadian citizen, except for permanent Canadian residents, close family members of Canadians, diplomats, and US citizens, as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

“I know this news will spark concern,” Trudeau said during a Monday press briefing. “I know that these measures are far-reaching. They are exceptional circumstances, calling for exceptional measures.”

Trudeau also asked all Canadian citizens and legal residents to return to Canada “while it is still possible.”

As of Monday, there were 377 people infected with the coronavirus in Canada.

Canada previously required those travelling to the country from Italy, Iran, and China’s Hubei province to “self-isolate and stay at home” for two weeks and notify public-health authorities within their first day in the country. The Canadian government also recommended all travellers coming from abroad self-isolate for two weeks.

Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus last week, but the prime minister said he had “absolutely no symptoms” and that their children weren’t showing any symptoms of the virus.

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