14 Biggest Updates From Canada's COVID-19 Conferences Today
The biggest of them all: Canadians should avoid all non-essential international travel.
As cases of COVID-19 increase, the government has been giving advice to Canadians and given more information relating to the pandemic. Canada's coronavirus conferences were full of information and some pretty big updates. Here are 14 things you need to know.
On March 13, three different press conferences were held by government officials to update the Canadian public aboutin the country.
All of them were full of information and new developments.
First, the deputy Prime Minister, ministers and health officials gathered to talk about travel and health.
"It is on all of us as Canadians to do our part to stop the spread," said Patty Hajdu, minister of health.
Then, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke outside of his home in Ottawa where he's gone into self-isolation because his wife has tested positive for the virus.
After that, the finance minister also held a press conference to announce more funding.
"We will do more," Trudeau said. "Addressing COVID-19 must be a team Canada effort."
These are 14 of the biggest updates that you should know about.
Avoid all non-essential international travel
"Today my advice is to postpone or cancel all non-essential travel outside of Canada," said Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.
She also said it's especially important for health care workers and others who have come into contact with someone who has the virus to avoid travel.
Avoid large cruise ships and ferries
For smaller ones, with less than 500 passengers and crew, there will be additional health measures put into place to keep people safe.
Cruise season delayed until July
Usually, the cruise season in Canada starts at the beginning of April but now that will be delayed until July 1.
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said that the situation will be re-examined after June 30.
Overseas international flights coming into Canada will be restricted to a smaller number of airports
So flights coming into the country won't be able to land at every airport. The exact details on which airports will accept overseas international flights still hasn't been revealed.
Additional screenings at airports for Canadians and international travellers
Bill Blair, Canada's minister of public safety, said that additional measures are being added in airports when it comes to screenings.
Social distancing is key to staying healthy
Tam said that it's an important contribution that everyone can make. Social distancing means literally keeping about two arms lengths from other people, avoiding large crowds or non-essential gatherings, greeting people with a wave or elbow bump instead of handshakes, hugs or kisses.
Personal hygiene should be stepped up
Tam also suggested frequent hand washing and covering your coughs to help yourself and others stay safe.
Events or gatherings with a lot of people should be cancelled, postponed or modified
That means concerts, conferences, large social or religious gatherings and more.
"If you're ill, do not attend large events or crowded places," Tam said.
All travellers coming to Canada must self-monitor and should consider self-isolation after returning
While self-isolation isn't mandatory yet, health officials think it's a good thing to consider as a precaution.
Stimulating fiscal package to be introduced in the coming days
Trudeau announced this fiscal package and it was confirmed by finance minister Bill Morneau during his press conference. It'll be to help Canadians cope with the economic fallout from COVID-19.
$10 billion of funding will be made available to Canadian companies
Morneau announced that the funding will be made available through the Business Development Bank and Export Development Bank.
Further steps and a full travel ban haven't been ruled out
Trudeau said that any further steps that could be taken by Canada when it comes to travel and other measures will be made with the recommendations of medical experts, health officials and scientists.
Travel between provinces and territories hasn't been advised against
Trudeau said that "people need to make responsible decisions" and check with medical professionals about what makes sense for them when it comes to travelling between provinces and territories.
People who come into contact with someone who is asymptomatic don't have to self-isolate
Even though Trudeau's wife has tested positive for COVID-19, he said he's not being tested because he doesn't have any symptoms. Hajdu and Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief of public health, backed that up and said that people who are showing no symptoms don't need to self-isolate.
The Prime Minister is doing it andas a precaution..