TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he will close the country’s border to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Trudeau announced the move outside his residence, where is self isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus.
Trudeau also said he will restrict flights to Canada to airports in four major cities. Canada had 375 cases as of Monday morning, according to the Johns Hopkins University map. ,
Trudeau said medical professionals explained to him that as long as he doesn’t show any symptoms, there is no value in having him tested for the novel coronavirus.
He said he doesn’t believe he has exposed anyone to the virus.
“According to health officials, the fact that I have expressed absolutely no symptoms means that anyone that I engaged with throughout this week has not been put at risk,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau said he spoke with President Trump on Thursday along with other world leaders and health experts.
The Canadian government will announce a financial stimulus package in the upcoming days, according to Trudeau.
“We will get through this together,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.
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