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Ottawa, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media): Canadians had been urged by Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada in his speech on Friday from outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, to avoid all non-essential international travel due to rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Official website
Trudeau also said international flights coming into Canada to a smaller number of airports would also be restricted.
Canada’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday surged to 196, including 19 new cases in Ontario and 11 in B.C.
While addressing Canadians after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night, Trudeau reassured Canadians that he has no symptoms of coronavirus and will continue to work from home where he has been self-isolating.
Asked if the government is considering to close the border over concerns about the virus, Trudeau said this option is not being ruled out over concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
Trudeau will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days along with his family, but will continue his duties, according to his office.
Early Friday, Canadian House of Commons also resorted to shut down to limit COVID-19 spread.