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Coronavirus: Canada closing border to most non-citizens

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has escalated the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Canada will soon bar anyone from entering, unless they’re citizens, permanent residents or U.S. citizens. Will the prime minister’s new measures have a meaningful impact?
Travellers arrive at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on March 16, 2020, moments after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a travel ban amidst efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
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Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today. Will the prime minister's new measures have a meaningful impact? Why are American citizens allowed to enter Canada, while some border states are grappling with widespread community transmission? Adam Miller from CBC's health unit is back to discuss.

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