Canada issues new travel advisory to prevent coronavirus spread
As the number of coronavirus patients around the world continues to climb, the Canadian government is encouraging citizens to cancel all non-essential international travel.
“To limit the spread of COVID-19, many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. Airlines have cancelled flights. New restrictions may be imposed with little warning. Your travel plans may be severely disrupted and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada longer than expected,” the government stated in an advisory issued on Friday.
The advisory also urged its people to contact respective airlines or tour operators to determine options still available to return to Canada. “Consider returning to Canada earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited,” it stressed.
“These are significant steps,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
“We are pulling out all the stops.”The development comes as the worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 5,000 on Saturday with the total infected cases also rising to more than 140,000, Al Jazeera reported.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest report showed 4,955 total fatalities as of 09:00 GMT on Friday, while Italy reported an additional 250 new deaths as of 17:08 GMT on the same day, and Iran announced 85 new deaths also on Friday.