Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that his government is trying to repatriate Canadians who have been stranded in several countries, including Peru and Spain, due to the closure of borders due to the spread of COVID-19.
Trudeau announced today during a press conference that this weekend, Canada will repatriate Canadians who are in Morocco and who are in negotiations to send planes to Peru and Spain.
“The government is working with Canadian airlines to make Canadians stranded abroad more commercial flights available. We will also work with other countries to ensure that our airlines have the necessary permits,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau added that in addition to the Air Canada flight that will repatriate Canadians in Morocco this weekend “we are planning other flights in the next few days potentially from Peru and Spain. Other countries will be announced as soon as possible.”
Canadian media said today that more than 800 Canadians are stranded in Peru at the moment and that the South American country’s Ministry of Defense reported that as of Sunday it will not allow repatriation flights for foreigners.
On March 16, the Peruvian authorities closed their borders and airports in the face of the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
During Trudeau’s press conference this Saturday, the fifth in a row, the Canadian Prime Minister also stated that at the moment he does not consider it necessary to enact a state of emergency across the country to limit the mobility of Canadians.
Several Canadian provinces have declared a state of emergency, banning crowds and closing public places such as restaurants, bars, libraries, or community centers. But for now, the federal authorities leave it to each province to determine the measures in their territory.
But Trudeau recommended today that Canadians across the country remain in their homes and not travel to other provinces unless it is imperative.
“We are asking people to be at home as much as possible and not to travel anywhere in Canada or abroad,” said Trudeau.
So far, Canada has recorded 1,146 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths.