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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (Photo: The Star)

Justin Trudeau closes Canada’s borders to contain coronavirus

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (Photo: The Star)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced that he will be closing the country’s borders to non-citizens to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus in that country. The ban, however, does not apply to US citizens at the moment.

“We can still slow the spread of this virus,” Trudeau said at a press conference. “It is time to take every precaution to keep people safe.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. (Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Trudeau’s comments are in line with what European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed earlier today, which was a ban to non-essential incoming foreign travel for approximately one month in the European Union.

“We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” Trudeau explained.

Canada will, nevertheless, make some exceptions to the closure of its borders.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, surrounded by his Cabinet during a press briefing, announces on March 11, 2020, that his Government has allocated CN$1 billion to challenges created by the novel coronavirus. (Photo: Twitter @JustinTrudeau)

“This measure will carve out some designated exceptions, including for aircrews, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and, at this time, US citizens.”

Last week Sophie, Trudeau’s wife, tested positive for the coronavirus. The prime minister has not, however, displayed any symptoms to date but has been in isolation from last week as a precautionary measure.

Trudeau also urged Canadians to return home as soon as possible, in which case they will be quarantined for 14 days going forward.