Furious Canadians slammed the government for failing to cancel flights from Iran, presently the country with the worst outbreak outside China, and other policies that suggest a dangerously blithe response from the government, perhaps as a consequence of PM Trudeau's commitment to 'woke' policies (many have slammed travel bans as racist).
#COVID-19 is coming. With the explosion of the virus in Italy, Korea, China, and Iran, containment is no longer realistic.— David Jacobs (@DrJacobsRad) March 1, 2020
It is however important to slow the spread so hospitals are not overwhelmed.
The Trudeau government's response is unsatisfactory.https://t.co/MymblN2DAx
One critic even accused Ottawa of "flying in" the virus by refusing to cancel flights. Though, to be fair, while President Trump has cracked down on China and Iran, his reaction to Italy and South Korea has been slightly more mild (though the State Department has issued travel advisories targeting SK and Italy.
Can someone in Ottawa take this seriously already and shut down all flights and not allow anyone from key areas - China, Korea and Iran from entering Canada.— Schtev🇨🇦 (@schtev69) February 23, 2020
We are literally flying this in!#TrudeauMustGo #CoronaVirusCanada https://t.co/SCNFy49Wue
Yesterday, Canadian public health officials confirmed four new cases of the virus, each diagnosed at hospitals in Greater Toronto. That brought Canada's total to 24.
"As a result of the co-ordinated efforts of our health care and public health system, all individuals who have tested positive have been quickly assessed and isolated," the province’s ministry of health said in a statement.
All of Canada's cases have been definitively tied to travelers. One patient, a man in his 50s who is a Toronto resident temporarily living in Vaughan, Ontario, where he is under self-isolation, is the brother of a Toronto man who had traveled to Iran recently, Global News reports.
Another man, this one in his 60s, was diagnosed at North York General Hospital after an emergency department visit with symptoms on Friday. He had also recently visited Iran.
And yet a third patient is the spouse of a woman who also contracted the virus. The couple recently traveled to Iran with their young daughter. He was tested at Mackenzie Health Hospital.
So far, Canada has issued travel advisories for seven destinations affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Out of four levels, China has been given a 3, while Iran still has a two.
Though airlines have cancelled routes, travelers visiting hot zones can still fly into Canada without being hassled by the government.
Why won't Trudeau take a page out of Trump's virus playbook? Is it because he's too 'woke'?