Canada Makes 14-day Self-isolation Mandatory For Travelers
Muhammad Irfan 8 days ago Thu 26th March 2020 | 02:00 AM
Ottawa, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :Canada on Wednesday intensified its guidelines for travelers returning home in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, mandating a 14-day period of self-isolation.
The measure was one step beyond a previous government recommendation to self-isolate, and comes amid reports that some were ignoring the guidance.
"Today, we are making this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable." Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference that self-isolation would be a "legal obligation" across the country as of midnight (0400 GMT Thursday).
The health minister can also designate specific quarantine zones.
In Newfoundland, a 53-year-old woman became the first person in Canada to be arrested for violating an order to self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a trip, under a provincial public health emergency law, police told AFP.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a tip about the woman spending time "in a public space," Constable James Cadigan said.
"Public health officials have been loud and clear: this virus could devastate our community," he said.