Canada tightens borders over coronavirus — will it curb COVID-19’s spread?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to tighten Canada’s borders in an effort to flatline the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was met with mixed reaction from experts on Monday.

The prime minister announced that Canada will be closing its borders to foreign travellers, with the exceptions of air crews, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens and U.S. citizens.

Trudeau also said that air operators will ban anyone who is showing symptoms of the virus from getting on a plane.

Anna Banerji, director of global and Indigenous health at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, told Global News that the move is not an over-reaction, but is warranted.

“I think if you look, most of the cases are related to travel coming from certain parts of the world,” Banerji said.

“It’s really the people who have been travelling and coming back who are sick and have the potential to spread it to other people.”

Four people in Canada have died of COVID-19, while provincial authorities reported 403 confirmed cases Monday afternoon, as well as 15 presumptive cases. Ten cases have been resolved.

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