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Canada closing borders to non-citizens, Americans exempted

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is closing his country's borders to anyone not a citizen or a permanent resident amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Trudeau announced the move Monday outside his residence, where is self isolating after his wife tested positive for the new coronavirus.

He also asked Canadians to say home as much as possible amid the pandemic.

Trudeau says his government will restrict flights to Canada to airports in four major cities. Canada is mandating air carriers to screen passengers with symptoms of the novel coronavirus out of lines so they don't board planes home.
 
He said the country is taking "increasingly aggressive steps'' to keep everyone safe.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Americans are exempted from the border ban.

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