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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.

According to multiple sources, including CNN, the Canada-U.S. border will remain open to trade and commerce, but will be closed to non-essential travel like tourists and shoppers.

The agreement is not yet finalized.

On Monday, Trudeau announced that Canada would close its borders to almost all non-residents and limit international flights to just four airports to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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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