Canada and the U.S. prepare to close border to non-essential travel
Canada and the U.S. are reportedly gearing up to close the border between them to all non-essential travel in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 across North America.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to officially announce the news within the next 24 to 48 hours.
The agreement is not yet finalized.
The US & Canada are preparing to issue a joint statement in the next 24-48 hours to suspend non-essential travel between the two countries, an administration official tells me.— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) March 18, 2020
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The United States was the notable exception.
Deputy Prime Minister Chyrstia Freeland called the border a "lifeline" for many people.
"Nearly 200,000 people cross that border every day," Freeland said. "It is a unique relationship for Canada, and it’s important for us in handling our situation on the border to be sure that we act to get things right.”
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