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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says not all Canadians abroad will be able to come home

More flights to other locations are in the works, but for those who cannot return, 'We're going to ask people to stay safe, make smart choices'


Northwest territories will be issuing an order to limit non-essential travel into the territory.

The federal government continues to work with partners and stakeholders on travel to the north.

Work continues on arrangements for flights to retrieve Canadians abroad. A flight from Morocco is coming back this weekend.

"Other flights" are planned in the coming days, likely from Peru and Spain.

The number of Canadians in a certain place, airspace closures and the local situation are being taken into account.

The flights won't be able to reach everyone, but working to reach as many as possible, said Trudeau.

As with other flights, everyone on those flights has to isolate for 14 days once they are back, and if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 you won't be able to board.

The federal government is working with airlines to make sure what they charge passengers is "responsible," given this type of emergency flight. Canadians will have to pay for their tickets. The government is working with airlines to help pay for extra costs.

Airline companies have been "very positive, thoughtful partners." Trudeau said the government will be there to support airlines and other industries affected by this crisis.

Trudeau has acknowledged that not everyone will be able to return home to Canada. "It is an extremely difficult situation," for those in foreign countries who will not be able to return, said the Prime Minister.

"We're going to ask people to stay safe, make smart choices," said Trudeau.

He urged Canadians to "make adjustments" and not gather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Testing is ramping up and more equipment is being made available for testing.

"Every single day we are doing far more tests than the day before and that will continue to ramp up," said Trudeau.

The government does not feel it needs to invoke the Emergency Measures Act at this time.

Asked what would have to happen for the country to declare a state of emergency, Trudeau said the questions is "are there things that we need to be able to do as a government that we cannot do with the very strong existing regulations that are in place."

"We're asking people to stay home as much as possible, for non-essential travel, not to visit their neighbours."

He said that also applies to travel to other provinces.

Original story:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to address Canadians on the COVID-19 pandemic this morning.

Canada has 1,087 presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of this morning. So far, 15 people have recovered and 12 have died. There are 377 cases in Ontario.

Village Media will provide updates as information is announced.