Coronavirus: Canada to shut down over virus outbreak

Canadians Health Minister, Patty Hajdu has requested the shut down, asking all travelers returning from overseas trips or anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to self-isolate for two weeks.

Hajdu advise Canadians if possible avoid going to gathering which large number of people will be meeting.

“reconsider going to areas where there are a large number of people, which might include places like churches, community centers, concerts, and various sporting events.”

Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault unveiled the strongest emergency measures yet in Canada, asking all travelers returning from overseas trips or anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to self-isolate for two weeks.

A ban on indoor gatherings of more than 250 people was also announced, with Montreal’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade held since 1824  postponed.

Alberta and British Columbia announced bans on large gatherings too.

Quebec, which has 13 confirmed cases of the virus, is also considering placing the entire island of Montreal — a population of nearly 2 million — under quarantine.

In neighboring Ontario, public health officials announced the public schools would be shut until April 5.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television canceled this year’s Canadian Screen Awards — scheduled to air on March 29 — and the country’s Juno music awards, planned for Sunday, were also scrapped.

(AFP)