Canada takes measures against Coronavirus
Canadian government has just announced that it closes its borders as a preventive measure due to COVID-19. Only Canadians and Permanent Residents of Canada will be admitted to enter Canada while Work and Study permit holders as well as Visitors will not be admitted to entry to Canada (with a few exceptions: diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada at this time).
The American land border will remain open and Canadians abroad can return into the country. The government of Canada also plans to continue to allow trade with other countries. There are no restrictive measures undertaken against those foreign nationals who are already in Canada. The only thing is to take into account that they have to keep their legal status in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has addressed the nation stating that the government shall order the air carriers to conduct basic health assessment of anyone travelling to Canada, including citizens. “Anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.”
The sweeping travel restrictions come as Canada passed 320 confirmed cases of the disease over the weekend and B.C. announced additional three deaths, bringing the total national death toll to four. When Prime Minister began his speech, there were 377 COVID-19 cases in Canada. That number rose to 416 just 1,5 hours later.