With many countries around the world shutting down their borders (including Canada) in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, many Canadians find themselves stranded. Among the Canadians trapped overseas are Melissa Woolfson and her boyfriend, who are in the city of Bacolod. Woolfson and her boyfriend are unable to leave due to the recently imposed Philippines quarantine.
CANADIAN INTERNS TRAPPED IN BACOLOD CITY
Global News reported that Woolfson, who had been living in Bacolod City with her boyfriend, was trapped after an executive order issued by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a quarantine.
Duterte had earlier declared the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic a public health emergency.
Global News spoke with Woolfson who said that they were “essentially stuck” in the Philippines.
Woolfson is in the Philippines as part of the Government of Canada’s Global Affairs Canada International Youth Program. The Toronto, Ontario native was supposed to go back home to Canada on April 26, 2020.
PHILIPPINES QUARANTINE TRAPS FOREIGNERS
Shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic, the Government of Canada began to make plans for Woolfson and her fellow interns to come home.
Things began to change rapidly, when shortly after the WHO declaration, Bacolod City was placed under mandatory quarantine.
Woolfson is hoping to board a flight to Manila from Bacolod, and from there get a flight back home to Toronto.
GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE CAD$5,000 LOANS TO CANADIANS TRAPPED BY PHILIPPINES QUARANTINE
There are more than 3 million Canadians abroad at any given time, with many finding themselves stranded as governments closed their borders and grounded flights.
During one of his daily briefings to members of the Canadian press, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he thinks that “it’s just realistic to know that there are some of them that will not be coming home in the coming weeks, but we will make measures available through Global Affairs Canada”.
The Government of Canada is providing loans for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are stranded overseas. Loans will be available to Canadians up to CAD$5,000 per person for flights and accommodations.
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