March 13, 2020 / 4:28 PM / 23 days ago

BRIEF-Canada's chief medical officer advises cancelling all non-essential foreign travel

March 13 (Reuters) -

* CANADA HEALTH MINISTER PATTY HAJDU SAYS CANADA IN A CRITICAL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO LIMIT SPREAD OF COVID-19

* HAJDU SAYS ADDITIONAL MEASURES ARE NEEDED FOR ALL CANADIANS IN ORDER TO PROTECT MOST VULNERABLE

* CANADA’S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER ADVISES CANCELLING ALL NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF CANADA

* CANADA’S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER SAYS ALL TRAVELLERS ARE BEING ASKED TO CONSIDER SELF-ISOLATION UPON RETURN BEYOND MANDATORY MEASURES ALREADY IN PLACE FOR CERTAIN REGIONS

* HAJDU SAYS COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS A SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT AS WELL AS A CRISIS

* CANADA TRANSPORT MINISTER MARC GARNEAU SAYS CRUISE SHIP SEASON FOR VESSELS CARRYING MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL END-JUNE

* CANADA’S GARNEAU SAYS OVERSEAS FLIGHTS COMING INTO CANADA WILL BE RESTRICTED TO A CERTAIN NUMBER OF AIRPORTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: [ ] (Reporting by Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa)

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