canada vs us covid

Map of COVID-19 hot spots in U.S. vs Canada proves border should stay closed a lot longer

When it comes to COVID-19, there's a big difference between Canada vs. the U.S.; while Canada celebrates making progress on flattening the curve, we can only watch helplessly as our southern neighbours struggle to do the same.

Canada's daily case numbers have been dropping steadily since April, and on Friday, our country reported only 325 new cases; the United States, for comparison, reported 57,718 cases.

While the Canada-U.S. border is set to remain closed until at least July 21, Canadians are now calling for the border closure to be extended to at least September.

And a terrifying map from John Hopkins University illustrates why Canadians feel that way.

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John Hopkins University shows the cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases across Canada and the U.S.

The interactive map shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by region; by hovering over each dot on the website, you can see the total number of cases in the area.

To put it mildly, that large amount of red in the U.S. is not good.

Admittedly, the difference may not be quite as stark as it looks; while John Hopkins tracks the cases in each U.S. city, the university groups all of Canada's cases into a single point in each province (hence why Toronto, for example, doesn't have a dot).

In that sense, Canada would have more red spread across the map, all things being equal.

But the map does reveal the extent to which the virus has spread across the United States, infecting almost 3 million people to date. As of late March, the U.S. became the hardest-hit country in the world (and continues to hold that title).

While Europe begins to lift travel restrictions and allow Canadians to visit, the E.U. remains firmly closed to Americans.

In an ironic twist of fate, Mexico is also now calling for tighter border controls and attempting to prevent U.S. citizens from entering the country.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opted out of a summit in Washington with President Trump and the Mexican President, citing health concerns related to COVID-19 as one of the reasons he wouldn't be attending.

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Our World in Data shows the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada vs. the U.S.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland are among some of the Canadians politicians that have asked Americans to stay out of Canada for the time being.

"I don't want them in Ontario," Ford said in April.

On Monday, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at a press conference that the Canada-U.S. border closure continues to be a major concern across the country.

"I cannot see vacation travel this summer from the U.S given the rates that we're seeing and how widespread it is," she said.

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