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Canada is closing its border to almost all non-citizens except Americans

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday the country is closing its borders for non-citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision allows for a few exceptions, including permanent residents, immediate family members of citizens, and American citizens.

"We can still slow the spread of this virus," said Trudeau. Despite showing no symptoms himself, Trudeau is in isolation after his wife Sophie Grégoire tested positive for COVID-19. "It is time to take every precaution to keep people safe," he said.

Trudeau said it's time for any Canadians abroad to come home, though they'll have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Ottawa is also trying to ensure no one who displays any symptoms does not enter Canada by having air passengers complete a basic health assessment before boarding their flight. Tim O'Donnell