PM, health officials warn Canadians against believing COVID-19 ‘internment camps’ disinformation

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Canadians will not be forced into COVID-19 internment or containment camps, a spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday — taking aim at a disinformation campaign that has been circulating on social media for weeks. The claim that the federal government is preparing to forcibly intern Canadians is patently false, the spokesperson said. The federal government has announced funding for voluntary quarantine sites for some of the country’s homeless and has made plans to expand self-isolation capacity for returning international travellers without suitable places to go, but Canadians will not be compelled to leave their homes for so-called COVID “camps.” “The answer is no, we’re not building containment or internment camps,” the spokesperson told CBC News.