Canadian government urged to suspend all flights from Canada to China
After the second case of coronavirus was announced in Toronto yesterday morning, the public is now urging the government to suspend all flights from Canada to China.
The coronavirus is now in 18 countries. There are currently two confirmed cases in Canada and more than 4,500 in China.
Confirmed coronavirus cases.— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) January 28, 2020
- United States
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
Understandably, Canadians are nervous about the virus. Although government officials have said that the risk to Canadians is low, nobody wants a repeat of the SARS pandemic.
With many countries moving to evacuate their citizens from Wuhan — and companies such as Facebook restricting their employees travel to China entirely — Canadians have begun to ask themselves a tricky question: should we be doing the same?
Many Canadians seem to think so.
The World Health Organization has admitted error in its assessment of the global risk of coronavirus in China, saying its "high" and not "moderate"— LΞIGH (@LeighStewy) January 28, 2020
Can we suspend flights from China to Canada now?
Why is no one in government calling for this?@GovCanHealth @JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/EUD8LBcDee
Canadians are sending out dozens of Tweets, asking the Prime Minister to suspend all travel.
@ACSP_Canada instead of saying we are ready to deal with the new #coronavirus how about, we are taking steps to stop it. Stop flights from China and be tougher at airports. Any symptom is a symptom. Aim for zero more cases. That is true preparedness.— Friderich (@Worldtizen) January 28, 2020
One woman has even started a petition to suspend all flights from China to Canada — and it's already amassed 3,700 signatures.
Govt of Canada has issued travel advisory for China. For the general safety of Canadians, pls sign & share this petition to suspend all flights from China to Canada #coronarvirus #Canada #Toronto #CoronaVirusCanada #torontocoronavirus #Vancouver #Montrealhttps://t.co/TCsHFk2S5M— antielabhk (@antielabhk) January 27, 2020
No word yet on whether the Canadian government is considering acting on this petition.
For now, remember that the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses is to wash your hands as much as possible.
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