Trudeau calls on Canadians to avoid non-essential international travel


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OTTAWA, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday noon called on Canadians to avoid all non-essential international travel due to rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Canadians from outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa where he has been self-isolating, Trudeau said that additional screening measures are being implemented at Canadian airports, and a "significant" fiscal stimulus package will be implemented in the coming days.

Trudeau also reassured Canadians that he has no symptoms, is "feeling good" and will continue to work from home.

Trudeau addressed Canadians after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night.

He will be in self-isolation for the next 14 days alongside his family, but will continue his duties, according to his office.

Early Friday, Canadian House of Commons agreed to shut down to limit COVID-19 spread.