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Canada to ban sick passengers from planes, trains

2020-03-29 HKT 02:30
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  • Justin Trudeau announces the new measures in Ottawa. Photo: AP
    Justin Trudeau announces the new measures in Ottawa. Photo: AP
Any Canadians showing possible symptoms of having the novel coronavirus will not be allowed to board trains or planes for domestic travel, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.

The new restrictions will take effect on Monday, Trudeau told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Passengers will be asked to undergo a mandatory health check before boarding a plane or train, and personnel can deny them access if they are deemed to be unwell.

The measures do not apply to commuter trains for the time being, but rather inter-city rail service, the government said.

Trudeau reiterated that anyone with flu-like symptoms should remain at home.

His government had already asked airlines to bar any passengers showing symptoms from boarding flights to Canada.

Bus travel is not affected by the new restrictions, as they are not regulated by federal authorities.

Trudeau said for "right now," he did not envision closing the borders between the country's provinces.

"There is essential travel that is happening as merchandise and food gets delivered across the country," Trudeau said. (AFP)