Trudeau says closing Canadian borders an option

Trudeau says closing Canadian borders an option
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadian PM Trudeau pushes for national sick leave plan to prep for coronavirus second wave Trump says in-person G-7 would 'primarily' take place at White House US-Mexico border restrictions extended to June 22 MORE declined to rule out closing the nation's borders to combat the coronavirus pandemic during remarks Sunday.

“We have taken some very strong measures and we are not taking anything off the table,’" Trudeau said when asked if he is considering closing off travel from Europe or the U.S., Reuters reported.

The fact that the U.S. is stepping its own mitigation efforts “gives us significant things to think about,” Trudeau said.


Trudeau made the remarks remotely from his residence, where he has been self-isolated since his wife, Sophie,  reported symptoms. Trudeau said that Sophie, who has tested positive for the virus, was “under the weather” and had a headache, but that he and his children were “doing fine,” Reuters noted.

The prime minister reiterated that the Canadian government is “considering everything” when asked if officials are considering asking foreign visitors to go into isolation. He  also said his government plans to announce new fiscal policies next week to mitigate the virus’s effects on individual Canadians and businesses.

The nation has seen 249 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one death as of Sunday.