Canada closes borders to non-citizens, France expands restrictions
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he will be closing the country's borders to anyone that's not a citizen, American or permanent resident due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. But even they will have to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving.
The prime minister called for Canadians not in the country to return immediately.
He also implored people already in Canada, "as much as possible should stay home."
Trudeau said the decision by the government was based on science and public health recommendations.
He added the country was taking "increasingly aggressive steps" to keep people safe.
Across the Atlantic in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced strong restrictions on the movement of people to counter the coronavirus outbreak.
Macron told the country in a televised address that starting Tuesday and lasting for 15 days, people would only be allowed to leave their homes for necessary activities, while gatherings with friends and families would be banned.
"We are at war,” Marcon said during his address.
Meanwhile, Russia has announced that it has decided to bar entry to all foreigners beginning Wednesday through April. The decision will not apply to diplomats, foreigners permanently staying in Russia and crews for planes and ships.