Canada doesn't want border open anytime soon as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. skyrocket
Canadians are speaking up to say they want the Canada-U.S. border to remain closed as the United States see record-high numbers of COVID-19 cases.
The spike appears to be largely due to several states lifting restrictions surrounding social distancing and staying at home. On Friday, the U.S. recorded their largest single-day spike in cases with a whopping 45,242.
This brings the country's total number of Americans who have tested positive to 2.48 million.
Florida, one of the states where social distancing has been ignored the most, just broke their one-day record of 9,585 cases again with a new high of 9,686 cases.
Ontario's premier Doug Ford has been vocal about keeping borders closed, saying, "I don't want to be those states," about Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.
"I don't want to be those states": Ont. Premier Doug Ford reiterated his desire to keep the Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the United States.— CTV News (@CTVNews) June 25, 2020
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Bars and restaurants have been ordered to close down in these states and stay-at-home orders have been recommended following the uptick in cases that shows no signs of slowing down.
COVID confirmed cases per million people. Scary to see how quickly it is spreading in the United States. Praying for our neighbours south of the border. Thankful for all who are working together to help us plank the curve in Canada. Chart: @OurWorldInData #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/HdQY3PTuOF— Kristen McNulty (@kristenmcnulty) June 26, 2020
The United States has the highest death toll in the world from COVID-19 at 125,000 deaths.
I have to tell you I sure as hell hope the border between the US & CANADA stays firmly shut as well, we have worked hard & YES SELF-DISTANCED AND WE WEAR MASKS though of course we have some covidiots as well @JustinTrudeau keep that border FIRMLY SHUT !!— MaryAgozzino Derrick (@maryderrickart) June 27, 2020
Canadians on social media are being incredibly vocal about the fact that they want the border to stay shut.
The Canada/US border is closed and Canada has no plans to reopen it any time soon. Yesterday Canada had ~300 new cases. America had ~40,000. EU would be wise to keep their borders closed and also recognize this is the beginning, not end of COVID-19 and get used to it.— Erik Petersen (@cthree) June 27, 2020
As opposed to the spike in U.S. cases of over 40,000, Canada has recently been recording around or under 300 cases per day recently.
Graph after graph confirms that the U.S. is containing the virus poorly compared to other places, not just Canada.
Let's all agree that the Canada - US border can't re-open to non-essential travel for the rest of 2020. pic.twitter.com/1tXd4Iwvi2— Daniel Reyes (@dothedaniel) June 27, 2020
Some say they don't think the border opening will happen this year.
The us border with Canada should stay closed forever tbh— sara fish//pilot jones (@evilsaraa) June 27, 2020
Another even suggested it should remain closed forever.
And really, as we've demonstrated here in Canada, shouldn't that be relatively easy? One person wrote that the measures we've put in place to keep numbers down are "not rocket science."
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