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Coronavirus: Canada MPs suspend parliament

All Canadian parties have agreed to adjourn parliament for five weeks.

In Canada, all federal parties have agreed to adjourn parliament amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MPs passed the suspension motion on Friday morning.

Parliament had a scheduled break next week but will now only return on 20 April.

The House of Commons can still be recalled if needed to handle any emergency coronavirus measures, said Liberal House leader Pablo Rodriguez.

“The priority for the government is the health and the safety of all Canadians,” Mr Rodriguez said.

The government still has the means “to spend money in terms of emergencies”, he said.

Opposition parties said they would continue to ensure the minority Liberal government is working to handle the virus outbreak.

The federal budget, which was scheduled to be tabled on 30 March, is postponed.

Legislators also unanimously approved the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, the trilateral free trade agreement, which is expected to be voted on in the Senate later on Friday.

As of Friday morning, there are 138 cases of the virus in Canada. One death has been linked to the disease.

This news comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.

She said she is “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus” but will be back on her feet soon.

Mr Trudeau has been in self-isolation since Thursday and is currently working from home.