Transcript: Justin Trudeau’s full address on the novel coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said more help is on the way in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

He promised a “significant fiscal stimulus package” in the coming days.

“No one should have to worry about paying rent, buying groceries or additional child care because of COVID-19,” he told reporters in a news conference outside his home on Friday.

“We will help Canadians financially,” he said.

His comments come after Canadian officials announced new measures and guidance on travel — including a temporary ban on cruise ships — in order to stop the spread of the virus. Ottawa has already earmarked $1 billion to combat COVID-19.

Trudeau himself is currently isolation for 14 days but says he has no symptoms. On Thursday, his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was diagnosed with COVID-19. Her symptoms are said to be mild.

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