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Canada closing its border to noncitizens amid coronavirus fears

Justin Trudeau announced the move Monday outside his residence, where is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus.
Minister of Health Patty Hajdu looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference  in Ottawa, Wednesday March 11, 2020.
Minister of Health Patty Hajdu looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday March 11, 2020. [ ADRIAN WYLD | AP ]
Published Mar. 16, 2020

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will close the border anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trudeau announced the move Monday outside his residence, where is self-isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus. He also asked all to Canadians to say home as much as possible amid the pandemic.

Trudeau says his government will restrict flights to Canada to airports in four major cities. Canada is mandating air carriers to screen passengers with symptoms of the novel coronavirus out of lines so they don’t board planes home.

He said the country is taking “increasingly aggressive steps″ to keep everyone safe.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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