Drastic measures to fight COVID-19 continue as case count approaches 1,000

Sunday, 22 Mar, 2020

"These are hard and extraordinary times in which Canadians are taking hard and extraordinary measures", Trudeau told reporters outside his house, where he is in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.

Trudeau says they will work with auto manufacturing companies to build ventilators, as well as other industry to create face masks and hand sanitizer.

Canada has more than 800 cases of the COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, and 12 deaths.

Trudeau also announced a reversal of a previously announced measure related to the pending border closure with the United States, which was expected to go into effect late Friday.

Early this week, adds Levitz, about 80 people were still crossing per day and Canadian officials declared Roxham Rd. would remain open - but asylum seekers would have to go into quarantine for 14 days.

Numerous more than three million Canadians based overseas want to return home, officials said on Thursday, and many would need government help as commercial flights become increasingly limited.

"We know that Canadian companies are among the most innovative and agile in the world, and we are very confident that we are going to be able to work with them to respond to the pressing needs in our health-care system", Trudeau said.

The mutual agreement between Ottawa and Washington will see the border closed to all but trade and essential travel at 11:59 p.m. on Friday as both countries grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak.

"While all states must manage their borders in the context of this unique crisis to protect public health and safety, they must carefully balance these measures to not close avenues to asylum or return people to situations of danger", Rema Jamous Imseis said in a statement.

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Trudeau, in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, gave a live address to his nation from his home, announcing that Canada will now turn back asylum seekers attempting to enter the country outside official border points. It's not a guideline. Do this. This will be appreciated.

"These are groups that we would certainly want to test because we worry about the risk, if they do have the infection, of infecting large numbers of people", said Dr. Tasleem Nimjee, an emergency doctor at a Toronto hospital.

Canadians have increasingly sought government support over the past week as the pandemic encroaches ever further on daily life. "This will take place as long as COVID-19 continues".

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has said there has been no specific request for ventilators yet but the federal government is trying to pre-empt that by acquiring things that may be needed as the number of cases surges.