The latest on coronavirus: Trudeau says more screening is done; WestJet, Via Rail reduces the service

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Here are some of the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says additional screening measures will be taken
  • Nova Scotia says there are the first three suspected coronavirus cases, Saskatchewan reports another four suspected cases, and Manitoba says three other people tested positive.
  • WestJet Airlines will cut its international seat capacity by 60 percent and domestic flights by at least 40 percent as the government takes measures to limit travel.

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3:05 p.m.

Via Rail halves its services in the Quebec City-Windsor core corridor

Via Rail announced on Sunday that the number of connections in the Quebec City-Windsor core corridor will be halved between Tuesday and March 27, last week’s passenger traffic and the need to re-use its resources.

The Montreal-Halifax, Toronto-Vancouver and Prince Rupert-Prince George-Jasper routes will be canceled by March 27. regional routes remain largely unaffected.

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Via announced on Friday that the usual cancellation or change fees for travel in March or April will be waived. It also said it is strengthening its cleaning records. On Sunday, Via further tightened its hygiene procedures and declared that the employees would clean the carriage during operation. The catering service will also be cut back as the company minimizes contact between employees and passengers.

The company has canceled 388 trains since Friday, affecting more than 20,000 passengers.

3:00 p.m.

Ontario is asking residents to cancel events and not go outside for non-essential reasons

Ottawa Public Health officials urge residents to cancel all events and avoid going outside for non-essential reasons to “strengthen their social detachment efforts”.

“People should stay at home unless there is an essential reason to go to the grocery, pharmacy, to look after a sick friend or family member,” said Ottawa’s health care officer, Dr. Vera Etches on Sunday.

Dr. Etches said children should not be sent to daycare unless the parents have to work for a purpose. She said people could still go outside, play in the park and walk their dog, but keep a distance of one to two meters outside.

The increased severity of the measures is the result of the doubling of confirmed cases in Ottawa and the expectation of officials that the coronavirus will spread to the community, not just travelers entering the city.

Dr. Etches said that public health officials believe there could be a few hundred to 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa. This estimate is based on a total of 10 confirmed cases from Sunday noon, and because the trips associated with these cases took place two weeks ago. A case of COVID-19 can generally lead to two more cases, but Dr. Etches emphasized that if the residents followed the new guidelines, the transmission chain could be broken.

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“This number is growing rapidly and we need to take action now,” said Dr. Etches. “We can, it can be successful, if we separate, we will drop this number so that one case doesn’t have to lead to two cases.”

1:30 p.m.

The Ontario government is planning a bill to help workers affected by a coronavirus pandemic

According to Prime Minister Doug Ford’s office, the government is drafting laws that make it impossible for employers to require sickness certificates for people who isolate or quarantine themselves.

A spokeswoman for Ford said the bill would include a number of measures aimed at helping workers affected by the COVID 19 outbreak.

Ivana Yelich says it would instruct employers to provide sheltered vacation for workers who need to take unpaid vacation to isolate or quarantine themselves.

12:47 p.m.

Three other people test positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba, a total of seven

Manitoba officials have announced three other cases of COVID-19.

A man in the seventies and two women, one in the fifties and one in the seventies, tested positive for the novel corona virus.

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There are now seven cases in total in Manitoba, four of which have been confirmed.

12:09 p.m.

Nova Scotia says there are the first three suspected cases of coronavirus

Nova Scotia has confirmed its first three suspected cases of COVID-19, all of which are travel-related.

In a press release, the health department says that people have been notified and are in self-isolation.

The Provincial Department of Justice previously announced that it would restrict access to provincial prisons to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

11:45 a.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says additional screening measures will be introduced

Travelers arriving in Canada criticize the government for lack of control and information when landing at overseas airports.

On Friday, public health officials advised anyone arriving from abroad to isolate themselves for 14 days, regardless of where they visited. On Saturday, travelers arriving in Canada said no information about self-isolation was released and people felt overcrowded in customs areas despite caution about the need for social detachment.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed CTV News on Sunday morning that additional screening measures are currently underway and the number of airports that accept international flights will be reduced. These measures were announced by his government on Friday and he did not explain why they had not been fully implemented.

10:35 a.m.

Saskatchewan reports four other suspected cases of coronavirus

Saskatchewan has announced four other suspected cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s current total to six.

The Ministry of Health was one of the infected, a health worker in his thirties who had recently traveled to Nigeria, Germany and Alberta.

Two of the people believed to have the virus are in their forties and live in the same household in Regina. One of them went to a dental conference in Vancouver. The fourth patient is said to be over 20 years old and traveled to Tennessee.

9:15 a.m.

WestJet plans to reduce international domestic flights if the corona virus breaks out

WestJet Airlines will cut its international seat capacity by 60 percent and domestic flights by at least 40 percent as the government takes measures to limit travel to curb the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Calgary-based WestJet has suspended capital projects and asked vendors to cut prices, but has failed to specify how many layoffs there are for the company’s 12,000 flight attendants, pilots, and other employees.

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WestJet did not confirm any news that half of WestJet’s cabin crew will be fired, but said that this is one of the scenarios being considered. “Unfortunately, we … have no choice but to reduce the number of employees. Our first and most preferred option is to ask WestJetters to consider, among other things, voluntary vacation, unpaid vacation, and reduced working hours. “

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