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Canada urges residents to return from abroad

Canada urges residents to return from abroad

The Associated Press
Created: March 14, 2020 10:58 PM

The Canadian government says any Canadian who's abroad should get back to Canada while it's still possible. That's a step up from previous advice, which urged travelers outside the country to think about doing so because of the pandemic.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne tweeted the new recommendation, warning that commercial travel options might not remain available.

Some countries have already taken measures such as stopping or sharply limiting air traffic. Canada is asking those who return to self-isolate for 14 days.

In Quebec, the government is asking everyone 70 years of age and older to stay home until further notice.

Premier Francois Legault says seniors are far more at risk for COVID-19 and that's why he's asking them to stay inside. He also says that no visitors will be allowed at hospitals, seniors' residences and long-term care facilities.

Legault says the Canadian French speaking province has adopted a decree to declare a state of health emergency for at least 10 days.

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